January at Morikami Features Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration & More

January brings an exciting calendar of events and activities to enjoy at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens! Celebrate the New Year at the 38th annual Oshogatsu festival featuring Japan’s customary rice pounding, a special appearance by shishimai, the lion dance, and much more. Visitors can also enhance their poetry skills at an interactive haiku workshop or enjoy a day of family fun with Kamishibai story telling. See below for a full list of activities and offerings.

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Oshogatsu

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $15/adults (ages 11+) $10/children (ages 4-10); FREE for museum members ages 3 and under

Presented by: JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

2016 marks the Year of the Monkey, and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will ring in the New Year with its 38th annual Oshogatsu celebration! Oshogatsu is Japan’s most important yearly observance and a time of renewal. The Japanese make special efforts in the final days of December to clear away debts and obligations to start the New Year afresh. Just before Oshogatsu arrives, the Japanese often gather at local shrines and temples to greet the stroke of midnight. At home, families exchange a ceremonial drink called otoso, a sweet sake, and enjoy a special dish called ozoni, a traditional soup. The day’s activities include Japan’s customary rice-pounding, making mochi rice cakes, and sado tea ceremony, as well as omikuji, fortune telling. Appearances by shishimai, the lion dance, are sure to bring good luck for the New Year!

 

Art of Bonsai: Beginner

5-week session: January 3, 17, 24, 31 & February 7

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Class Fee: Non-Members $91; Members $81 (Advance registration required)

Material fee: $45 payable to the instructor.

The ancient art of bonsai (literally “tree in a tray”) creates the illusion of maturity in a tree, no matter its actual age. Students learn to train and trim their own tree in this introductory class.

Art of Bonsai: Intermediate

5-week session: January 3, 17, 24, 31 & February 7

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Class Fee: Non-Members $91; Members $81 (Advance registration required)

The ancient art of bonsai (literally “tree in a tray”) creates the illusion of maturity in a tree, no matter its actual age. In the intermediate course students further explore new techniques to artfully train and trim their own trees.

Required materials: Students in this intermediate level class are asked to bring their own tree.

 

Sado Tea Ceremony Class

2-week session: Sunday, January 3 & 17

Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am

Cost: Non-members $55; Members $50 (Advance registration required)

Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.

 

Nihongo: Japanese Language Level I, II, III and IV

8-weeks sessions: Sunday, January 3, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21 & 28

Time:

Nihongo Level I: 10:15am-11:15am

Nihongo Level II: 11:20am- 12:20pm

Nihongo Level III: 12:20pm-1:20pm

Nihongo Level IV: 1:20pm-2:20pm

Cost: Non-Members $90; Members $80 (Advance registration required)

Japanese Language Level I & II cover Lessons 1-14 and introduce hiragana and katakana.

Japanese Language Level III & IV covers Lessons 15-25 and an introduction to writing kanji.

Required materials: Japanese for Busy People I (revised 3rd edition, kana version).

 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement- Ikenobo School 4-week session: Tuesday, January 5, 12, 19, & 26

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: Non-Members $70; Members $60 (Advance registration required)

Flower fee: $80 Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

 

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School

4-week session: Wednesday, January 6, 13, 20 & 27

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Class fee: Non-members $52.50; Members $45 (Advance registration required)

Flower fee: $30

Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. This introductory course is a prerequisite for Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School.

 

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral

4-week session: Thursday, January 7, 14, 21 & 28

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: Non-members $60; Members $55 (Advance registration required)

Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.

Required materials: Listed on www.morikami.org

 

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape

4-week session: Thursday, January 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: Non-members $60; Members $55 (Advance registration required)

Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.

Required materials: Listed on www.morikami.org

 

Haiku Workshop

(9th Annual Collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival) Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Cost: Free with paid museum (No advance registration available – seating is first come, first served) What is a haiku? What is a haibun? How do I write either one? Attend Haiku U at Morikami for a hands-on workshop and learn to write your own original poems using either of these poetic forms. Blaise Allen, Ph.D. developed the Haiku U program. Workshops are taught by poet Yaddrya Peralta and are provided in collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival: www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For group reservations and additional information, please call 561-495-0233 x235.

 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement – Sogetsu School

4-week session: Friday, January 8, 15, 22 & 28

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: Non-members $52.50; Members $45 (Advance registration required)

Flower fee: $30

Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Tea Ceremony Workshop Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Cost: $40 (Advance registration required)

Learn the basics of sado, “the way of tea” and the foundation of Japanese tea ceremony. Master Soei Chieko Mihori teaches participants the proper etiquette for a guest invited to tea ceremony. This workshop is a prerequisite for Tea Ceremony Class.

Family Fun: “Mommy & Me” Kamishibai Story Telling       Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Time: 10:30am

Cost: Free with paid museum admission (No advance registration required)

Bring the little ones to hear the reading of a Japanese kamishibai folk story! Each month will feature a different story.

 

The Art of Japanese Fabric Wrapping Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016 Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Cost: $35 (Advance registration required) Material Fee: $8 (cash payable to the instructor)

People in Japan have used square cotton wrapping cloth, or furoshiki, since the 16th century in a variety of ways, most commonly to wrap objects. Learn how to wrap a wine bottle, a watermelon and books, and make a tote bag using furoshiki – also take home your very own furoshiki! Join instructor Reiko Nishioka, Morikami’s former Director of Education, as her creative flair, sense of design and fascination with Japanese packaging come together seamlessly in this original workshop.

 

Kimono Culture Demonstration (Formal Kimono) Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016 Time: 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Cost: $5 with paid museum admission

Not all kimono are created equal!  Learn about the traditional iconic kimono, with its rich culture, seasonal subtleties, and symbolic nuances. There are a variety of kimono worn in daily life, at festivals, and outings. Observe a demonstration on how to properly wear and put on a kimono. Learn about the elegance of the formal kimono with its exquisite designs and finery worn to attend weddings, parties, special celebrations, and holidays.

 

Documentary Film Screening – Cats of Mirikitani

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Times: 11:00am & 2:00pm

Cost: Free with paid museum admission (Limited seating in the theater – first come, first served)

Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

 

SPEAKER SERIES: Documentary Film Screening – Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray

Date: Friday, January 22, 2016

Time: 7:00pm (museum doors open at 6:00pm)

Cost: Non-Members $10; Members $7 (Advance ticket purchase required) Discussion led by Karen Ishizuka (writer and producer) and Robert Nakamura (director)

About The Film: Having smuggled a lens and film holder into one of America’s concentration camps during World War II, Toyo Miyatake was among the first to photograph this national disgrace. Yet it was his little-known artistic pursuits before the war that honed his discerning eye. Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray is a penetrating portrait of this photographer’s quest to capture the beauty and dignity of everyday life.

About The Speakers: Karen L. Ishizuka is an independent writer.  Her latest book is Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Sixties (Verso Press, 2015). She is also the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and co-editor of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories (co-editor, University of California Press, 2008), in addition to many journal articles.  A former documentary film producer and museum curator, her awards include an HBO Producers Award, 1st Place C.L.R. James Scholar Essay and three CINE Golden Eagles.

Robert Nakamura is a pioneering filmmaker and influential teacher and mentor.  Currently professor emeritus of UCLA’s Department of Asian American Studies, he has been a major force in the conception and growth of Asian Pacific American community media arts since 1970. In addition to his award-winning films and over 35 years of teaching, Nakamura was founding director of Visual Communications, founded the UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications and created the Media Arts Center of the Japanese American National Museum.

 

Calligraphy Workshop

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Cost: $20 (Advance registration required)

Material Fee: $5

Learn how to write your name and some Japanese words with calligraphy ink and brush, using two traditional writing implements.

 

Family Fun: 12 Zodiac Animals Kamishibai

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Time: 12:00pm, 1:00pm & 2:00pm

Cost: Free with paid museum admission (No advance registration required) Story time at the Library on the hour at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. A craft activity will follow each kamishibai story!

 

The Way of Taiko – The Heartbeat of Japan (Taiko Drum Workshop)

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016 Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $50 (Advance registration required)

Explore the origins of Japanese taiko and learn to drum in this workshop taught by top performers from South Florida’s renowned Fushu Daiko.

Recommended dress: Comfortable clothes and shoes; jewelry is not recommended.

 

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store.