June at Morikami: Father’s Day Art Class, New Exhibits, Sushi & Stroll and More

thBond with dad this Father’s Day during a unique art class that teaches gyotaku, a Japanese “fish printing” technique; stroll through our six enchanting gardens; enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine at the Cornell Café; and experience a thundering performance by taiko drummers during Sushi& Stroll. Enjoy new exhibits, painting workshops, and other unique experiences throughout June at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Additional information is below:

Sado Tea Ceremony Class

2-week session: Sunday, June 5 & 19, 2016

Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am

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

Learn to perform this traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop is a prerequisite for this class.

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Time: 5:30pm 8:30pm

Cost: $8/adults (ages 11+); $6/child (ages 4-10); FREE for museum members ages 3 and under

$2 for taiko performance (optional). Reservations are not required.

Sushi & Stroll is back for the summer and offers a tranquil, twilight stroll through the 16-acre gardens and spectacular sunset views. Excite your palate with something delicious from the Cornell Café, indulge in some shopping at the Museum Store, or tantalize your senses with a drumming performance by Fushu Daiko. Please note the museum galleries are closed for these special nights. Food and drink are sold separately and are not included in admission price.

NEW EXHIBITION! Shadows of the Floating World: Paper Cuts by Hiromi Moneyhun

Dates: Friday, June 10 Sunday, September 18, 2016

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation

(On view concurrently with Transcending Forms: Japanese Bamboo Baskets)

The Kyoto born artists Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun has developed a unique artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese art forms and the bold intensity found in contemporary graphic illustrations. Hiromi’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multi-step process which produces an art that is at once lighthearted fantasy and startlingly alive. This exhibit explores cultural perceptions of female beauty in traditional Japanese society and other tribal cultures.

NEW EXHIBITION! Transcending Forms: Japanese Bamboo Baskets

Dates: Friday, June 10 Sunday, September 18, 2016

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation

(On view concurrently with Shadows of the Floating World: Paper Cuts by Hiromi Moneyhun)

For thousands of years, Japanese farmers and artisans have plaited woody grasses of the bamboo family into practical containers. Utilitarian and unsigned by their maker, these containers were used for fishing, winnowing, or even flower display for the refined tea ceremony. During the 1950s, a small number of bamboo artists moved beyond functional baskets to experiment with purely sculptural forms. Drawing from works in the Morikami collection, this exhibition will trace the evolution of the humble Japanese bamboo basket from its agricultural beginnings to the revolutionary bamboo expressions of avant-garde artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Demonstration of Sado: The Way of Tea

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, & 3:00pm

Cost: $5 with paid museum ticket

(No advance registration available, must purchase ticket day-of, seating is first come, first served)

Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a busy life.

Family Fun: Father’s Day Fish Printing

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time: 12:00pm 3:00pm

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

Learn to artistically capture local fish with the traditional Japanese fish printing technique, gyotaku.

Sumi-e Ink Painting Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Time: 10:30am 12:30pm

Cost: $35 (advance registration required)

Material fee: $3 (cash payable to the instructor)

Learn about the history and philosophy of sumi-e and how it relates to the subjects painted. Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China to Japan in the 12th century. Composition and how to paint with brush and Japanese ink, two traditional implements, will be introduced. Students will have time to do a simple sumi-painting using the principals of composition.

Family Fun Holiday Activity: Tanabata

Date: Thursday, June 30 Thursday, July 7, 2016

Time: 12:00pm 3:00pm

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

Tanabata traces its origins to the legend of Altair and Vega, stars and lovers separated by the Milky Way, allowed to meet just once a year: on the seventh day of the seventh month. During this time of year in Japan, families decorate bamboo branches with wishes for the future. Mirroring that tradition, visitors can write their own special wishes and place them on the tanabata bamboo in the museum lobby.

Event details are subject to change. Please check morikami.org for the most current event information.

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