Special Programs

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.

Concerts Films Moon Over Morikami Morikami Goes to Portland Speaker Series Stroll for Well-Being

Morikami Film Series
Shoplifters
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

7:00PM, Friday, March 5, 2021
Morikami Theater
For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

A FREE MEMBER EXCLUSIVE EVENT!
A Window into Japanese Traditional Music
Sponsored by Toshiba International Foundation
Join us virtually to learn about the fascinating history and culture of Japanese traditional instruments. Be introduced to the captivating sounds of the 13-stringed and the 17-string zither, called koto, and the biwa, a Japanese lute, demonstrated by professional musicians from Japan and featuring special guest Kazuyuki Shiotaka. A live Q&A session will follow with speaker and musician Dr. Joseph Amato. A special viewing link will be sent to members a week before the event.
6:30PM, Friday, March 12, 2021
Virtual

A FREE MEMBER EXCLUSIVE EVENT!

A special viewing link will be sent to members a week before the event.

Speaker Series - Discussion led by Director Yujiro Seki
Documentary Film Screening – Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

Please know that our theater tends to be quite cold so you may want a sweater or jacket with you. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Director, writer, and producer, Yujiro Seki, was born and raised in Japan and earned a BA in Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Seki moved to Los Angeles to work as a director …

7:00PM, Friday, April 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.
Speaker Series - Talk by Paula Arai
Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra – The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

FREE  in the Morikami Theater for Members. No reservations. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, at a first come, first served basis. Please know that our theater tends to be quite cold so you may want a sweater or jacket with you. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Paula Arai received her Ph.D. in Buddhist …

1:00PM, Friday, May 7, 2021
Morikami Theater
VIRTUAL LECTURE - FREE for Members

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

Morikami Film Series
Kubo and the Two Strings
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

11:00AM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
with paid museum admission

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

In English

2:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Morikami Theater
with paid museum admission

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

In English

Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Mother’s Day Nuigurumi
Nuigurumi is the Japanese word for stuffed toy or plushie. Make your own no-sew mini animal plushie using Japanese folding techniques on fabric. Perfect to keep for yourself, or give as a gift for Mom!
12:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Virtual
Craft templates & instructions via Social Media
Morikami Goes to Portland

Rescheduled! A magnificent tour of Portland’s gardens, museums and culinary explorations await those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. This five day, four night trip includes visits to some of Portland’s most notable stops, including: The Portland Japanese Gardens (private tour) The Lan Su Chinese Gardens (private tour) The Samaritan Gardens of Lebanon, Oregon (guided tour provided …

7:00PM, Thursday, June 3, 2021
Off-site
7:00PM, Monday, June 7, 2021
Off-site
Blade of the Immortal
Morikami Film Series
Blade of the Immortal
Sponsored by The Rubens Family Foundation

Please note: Patrons under 17 are required to have an accompanying parent or adult guardian with them.  ID is required if you are by yourself.

11:00AM, Saturday, June 12, 2021
Morikami Theater
140mins., 2017, Rated R, In Japanese, subtitled in English

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

2:00PM, Saturday, June 12, 2021
Morikami Theater
140mins., 2017, Rated R, In Japanese, subtitled in English

For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

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