Special Programs

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Due to the ongoing public health threat of COVID-19, programs are subject to change and/or cancellation.  By participating, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Morikami provides informative and unique experiences for all ages through its Special Programs. Here you will find educational and cultural programming related to our current exhibitions and all things Japan—lectures, films, performances, special events, and more!

All programs are open for registration on August 1st of each year for the upcoming season. Each season runs from October through the summer of the next year.

Explore each special programs page or browse the full list.

Films Gala Morikami Book Club Mori Stories Obon Weekend Orchid Weekend Speaker Series  Sunset Stroll Stroll for Well-Being

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Family Fun Day: Mountain Day Chigiri-e
Chigiri-e is when torn paper is used to make an image. Celebrate Mountain Day, a Japanese holiday to remind us of the importance of the mountains, by making a mountain out of chigiri-e.
11:30AM, Saturday, August 20, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Tsukimi
Tsukimi literally means moon-viewing. Learn about the different elements involved in Tsukimi Festivals by making your own hanging decoration.
12:00PM, Saturday, September 10, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Enjoy the Morikami Roji-en Gardens after hours!
Sunset Stroll

The Museum will open its doors to welcome you to take a leisurely stroll through our six distinct gardens. Enjoy musical performances playing on our lakefront terrace. Light hors d’oeuvres and sake for purchase. The Museum Store will be open to browse. Tickets can be purchased online only and will not be sold at the door …

5:30PM, Thursday, September 22, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
5:30PM, Thursday, September 22, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Lanterns and trees
Therapeutic Garden Walking Program
Stroll for Well-Being

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9:00AM, Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Morikami Gardens
9:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Morikami Gardens
9:00AM, Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Morikami Gardens
9:00AM, Saturday, January 21, 2023
Morikami Gardens
Educational Programming
NEW Season Starts Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).
The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year. The season is available for registration and ticket purchases on August 1st every year.
10:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Sunday, October 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Tuesday, October 1, 2024
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
All programs will take place in the Kamiya Room, unless stated otherwise. No reservations needed.
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales
Readings start at 1:00pm
Bring the whole family and delve into the world of Japanese folklore or stories through kamishibai, Paper Theater. Join us for a reading of these classic stories. Reading starts on the hour with a short related activity to follow.
1:00PM, Thursday, October 6, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Magic Rice Paddle”
1:00PM, Thursday, January 5, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Rabbit on the Moon”
1:00PM, Thursday, April 6, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Tongue-Cut Sparrow”
Morikami Book Club
Open to all Morikami Members

Join Wisdom Ring member Christine Carton and fellow Morikami members as they start their new season of exciting book reading! For more information please email Christine Carton at christinec@gate.net. Morikami Book Club 2022-2023 Selection 1A & 1B: We will read both books.  1B - Will be discussed during the lecture series at the Museum on October 29. 1A …

12:00PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
12:00PM, Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Spooky Origami
Boo! Learn how to make an origami ghost to celebrate Halloween.
12:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Talk by William Wilson
Speaker Series: Ghosts, Changelings and Apparitions in Traditional Japanese Tales
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Traditional tales are like thumbnail sketches of the Japanese psyche and a glimpse into submerged memories passed down through generations. Many of these stories are explanations of supernatural events that took place in specific locales that people have believed and often still believe to have been true. As tales of the “common folk,” they provide a counterpoint to high literature of individual classic and modern authors.
1:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morikami Theater
Tickets are available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seating available.
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Ju-On: The Grudge
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
Perplexing, creepy, episodic thriller in which an unsuspecting social worker unlocks the terrifying past of a house haunted by its former inhabitants' darkest secrets. Written and directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also made the 2004 U.S. version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
3:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morikami Theater
Please note: Patrons under the age of 17 require an accompanying parent or guardian (age 21 or older) to attend R-rated performances. 25 years and under must also show ID for R-rated performances.
3:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morikami Theater
Please note: Patrons under the age of 17 require an accompanying parent or guardian (age 21 or older) to attend R-rated performances. 25 years and under must also show ID for R-rated performances.
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: A Letter to Momo
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama.
11:00AM, Sunday, October 30, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00am (Dubbed in English) | 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English)
11:00AM, Sunday, October 30, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00am (Dubbed in English) | 2:00pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English)
Talk by Yuko Kimura
Speaker Series: Washi Textile Prints: Art of Imperfection (Wabi Sabi)
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Yuko Kimura is a Japanese papermaker and print artist who celebrates imperfection in her work. She prints etchings onto handmade washi paper and onto antique Japanese book pages riddled with wormholes and stitches them together to form large collages.
1:00PM, Friday, November 4, 2022
Morikami Theater
Tickets are available the day of the event starting at 10 am, on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seating available.
1:00PM, Friday, November 4, 2022
Morikami Theater
Tickets are available the day of the event starting at 10 am, on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seating available.
Craft activities for kids of all ages.
Virtual Family Fun Days
Virtual craft activities for kids of all ages.
12:00AM, Saturday, November 5, 2022
Virtual
Inu no Hi: Dog Day
12:00AM, Saturday, December 17, 2022
Virtual
Nengajo: New Year’s Cards
12:00AM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Virtual
Orchid Galore
12:00AM, Saturday, January 28, 2023
Virtual
Year of the Rabbit
12:00AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Virtual
Neko no Hi: Cat Day
12:00AM, Friday, March 3, 2023
Virtual
Mimi no Hi: Ear Day (Animal-edition)
12:00AM, Saturday, April 22, 2023
Virtual
Kasa: Japanese Umbrellas
12:00AM, Saturday, June 24, 2023
Virtual
I-Spy Japanese Sign Language
12:00AM, Sunday, July 16, 2023
Virtual
Marine Day : Sea Animals
12:00AM, Saturday, August 26, 2023
Virtual
Let’s Learn Japanese: Vegetable-edition
12:00AM, Saturday, September 2, 2023
Virtual
Den Den Daiko
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Kanji Rocks
Learn how to write some kanji, Chinese characters, and paint it on your very own rock.
12:00PM, Saturday, November 19, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Mizuhiki
Use the magic of mizuhiki, washi paper cords, to bring the symbol of togetherness to your next gift.
11:30AM, Saturday, December 3, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Belle
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.
11:00AM, Sunday, December 11, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00 am (Dubbed in English) | 2:00 pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English)
11:00AM, Sunday, December 11, 2022
Morikami Theater
11:00 am (Dubbed in English) | 2:00 pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Nengajō: New Year’s Cards
Join us throughout the holiday season to create a nengajō, a Japanese New Year’s card, to share with friends and family.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 17, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, December 18, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, December 22, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, December 23, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, December 24, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, December 29, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, December 30, 2022
Lobby
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Orchid Galore
Celebrate orchids at the Morikami by making an orchid chigiri-e (Japanese paper collage) style.
12:00PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Orchid Weekend
Enjoy a weekend of festivities celebrating our new exhibition!
12:00PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Morikami Theater
Ikebana: Flower Arranging Demonstrations
12:00PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Morikami Theater
Ikebana: Flower Arranging Demonstrations
12:00PM, Sunday, January 8, 2023
Morikami Theater
Koto New Year Recital
12:00PM, Sunday, January 8, 2023
Morikami Theater
Koto New Year Recital
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Family Fun Day: Love Card
Make an origami heart card for that special someone in your life!
11:30AM, Saturday, February 11, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
2023 Gala Save the Date
Morikami Gala

For information regarding sponsorships and ticket sales contact: Sharyn Samuels Interim Director of development and Membership @ 561-233-1316 | ssamuels@pbcgov.org

6:30PM, Saturday, March 4, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
6:30PM, Saturday, March 4, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
goldfish
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Goldfish Paper Craft
In Japanese, goldfish are called kingyo. Let’s learn how to make one out of paper!
12:00PM, Saturday, March 25, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Wife of a Spy
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) delivers his “best movie in years” (Indiewire) in this riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchockian thriller, which follows a Japanese woman during WWII who begins to suspect her husband’s Western connections may be hiding something more sinister.
7:00PM, Friday, April 21, 2023
Morikami Theater
In Japanese, subtitled in English)
7:00PM, Friday, April 21, 2023
Morikami Theater
In Japanese, subtitled in English)
Joint presentation by Curator Barbara Johns and Art Historian Sandy Kita
Speaker Series: Takuichi Fujii: The Artist and the Person
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

Friday, May 5, 2023 Time: 1:00pm Cost: FREE (with paid museum admission) Tickets are available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seating available Location: Morikami Theater Takuichi Fujii: Artist and Wartime Witness Talk by Barbara Johns Barbara Johns will discuss Takuichi Fujii’s life and art in its historical context, with particular focus on the World War II …

1:00PM, Friday, May 5, 2023
Morikami Theater
(Tickets available the day of the event at a first come, first served basis. Limited seating available.)
1:00PM, Friday, May 5, 2023
Morikami Theater
(Tickets available the day of the event at a first come, first served basis. Limited seating available.)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Children’s Day
Join us in celebrating Children’s Day by making a koinobori, a Japanese flying carp, an origami kabuto hat, or color in a Japanese kimono-inspired bookmark.
10:00AM, Saturday, May 6, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Mushi no Hi: Bug Day
Take on the role of a bug-catcher and learn how to make some bugs out of origami.
12:00PM, Sunday, June 4, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Grave of the Fireflies
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

11:00AM, Saturday, June 17, 2023
Morikami Theater
2 screenings ; 11:00am & 2:00pm (both In Japanese, subtitled in English)
11:00AM, Saturday, June 17, 2023
Morikami Theater
2 screenings ; 11:00am & 2:00pm (both In Japanese, subtitled in English)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Tanabata
Make a wish for the Star Festival, Tanabata! Write your wish on a strip of colored paper, or tanzaku, and tie it to a branch of our Tanabata bamboo to celebrate.
10:00AM, Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, July 6, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, July 7, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, July 8, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, July 9, 2023
Lobby
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Teru Teru Tanzaku
Teru Teru Bozu are charms that are said to keep the rain away. Learn how to make one and combine it with a tanzaku, a strip of colored paper, for a small $2 donation.
12:00PM, Saturday, July 8, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Film: Lu Over The Wall
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not.
11:00AM, Sunday, July 16, 2023
Morikami Theater
11:00AM, Sunday, July 16, 2023
Morikami Theater
Educational Programming
Registration Opens for the NEW Season Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).
The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year. The season is available for registration and ticket purchases on August 1st every year.
10:00AM, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Thursday, August 1, 2024
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Friday, August 1, 2025
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Hashi no Hi: Chopstick Day
Celebrate Chopstick Day by making your very own origami chopstick holder.
12:00PM, Saturday, August 5, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Respect for the aged day family
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: “Respect for the Aged Day” Card
Celebrate the elders in your life by making a card for “Respect for the Aged” Day.
12:00PM, Sunday, September 17, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
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