Konnichiwa! Enjoy Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration, Stroll for Well-Being, and The Way of Taiko at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

From traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and roaring Taiko drums, to “pigging” out at Oshogatsu (2019 is the Year of the Pig), there’s plenty to see and do at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens  in Delray Beach!

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
Sumi-e Ink Painting (Class)
Time: Floral – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Landscape – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $60, Morikami Members $55. Advance Registration Required.
Sumi-e is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Primarily done in black ink, the name literally means “charcoal drawing” in Japanese. Students grind their own ink using an ink stick and a grinding stone and learn to hold and utilize brushes to create the primary sumi-e brushstrokes. Floral and landscape classes will start with a review of the basic techniques before moving on to the main subject. For required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto (Beginner) (Class)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $155, Morikami Members $150. Advance Registration Required.
The Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this five-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. To register, visit morikami.org.

Saturdays, January 5, 26
Nihongo Intensive I – B (Workshop)
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Cost: $90. Advance Registration Required.
This workshop is an introduction to the Japanese language. It covers the basics, an introduction to hiragana, and Unit 1 of the required text. There are no prerequisites for this workshop. Students who take workshop 1-B must continue to Nihongo Intensive Workshop II, as it overlaps with the Nihongo Level I Session 2 class. For required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Sundays, January 6, 20, 27, February 3, 10
The Art of Bonsai (Class)
Time: Beginners – 1pm – 4pm
Intermediate – 9am – 12pm
Cost: $91, Morikami Members $81. Advance Registration Required.
Bonsai means “a tree in a tray.” The art of bonsai creates the illusion of age and maturity of a tree, which has developed and sustained the effects of nature for many years. Students of bonsai learn to artfully trim and train a tree in a container. For a list of required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Sundays, January 6, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese (Class)
Time: Level I – 10:15am – 11:25am
Level II – 11:25am – 12:35pm
Level III – 12:40am – 1: 50pm
Level IV – 1:50pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $100, Morikami Members $90. Advance Registration Required.
Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese is a beginner and lower intermediate program teaching Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are introduced to Japanese culture and lifestyles through lessons and conversation. Levels I and II use Japanese for Busy People I (JBP I) and levels III and IV use Japanese for Busy People II (JBP II). Fall, winter, and spring sessions of each level should be taken sequentially as a series. For more information, required textbooks or to register, visit morikami.org.

Dates vary
Sado: Tea Ceremony (Class)
Time: 10:15am
Beginners: January 6, 20 or January 10, 24
Intermediate: January 20, 27
Cost: $55, Morikami Members $50. Advance Registration Required.
Expand upon your knowledge of Japanese tea ceremony in this hands-on class. Perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with its ever-evolving seasonal subtleties, in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of instructor Yoshiko Hardick. The tea ceremony changes from month to month and from season to season. The Beginners class and Intermediate class will share one class session together. To register, visit morikami.org.

Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Ikebana Flower Arrangement- Ikenobo School (Class)
Time: Beginners – 11am – 1pm
Intermediate – 1pm – 3pm*
Cost: $80, Morikami Members $70. Advance Registration Required.
*Intermediate courses are for students with prior experience or have taken at least three sessions of Ikebana classes.
Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. Dating back to the 15th century, the Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and style of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. For required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Wednesdays January 9, February 6, March 13 or Fridays January 12, February 9, March 16
Stroll for Well-Being
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Cost: Free to qualified applicants.
Immerse yourself in Morikami’s natural beauty, peace and serenity through our therapeutic garden-walking program.
During three sessions, a qualified facilitator will lead participants through themed walks and journal writing to encourage reflection, and ultimately, personal wellbeing. To learn about the program, participation requirements and to register, visit morikami.org.

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Japanese Traditional Music: Koto (Intermediate) (Class)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $155, Morikami Members $150. Advance Registration Required.
The Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this five-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. This class is for students with experience in koto. To register, visit morikami.org.

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School (Class)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $80, Members $70. Advance Registration Required.
Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. The Sogetsu School is a contemporary school, which focuses on the creativity and individuality of ikebana. The idea is that ikebana can be done by anyone, anywhere, with almost anything. Students will learn the basics of Sogetsu and create pieces each week to take home and enjoy. For required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.

Thursday, January 10
Haiku Workshop (12th Annual Collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival) (Workshop)
Time: 11am – 1pm
Cost: FREE with paid museum admission.
What is a haiku? How do I write one? Join Yaddrya Peralta, a poet and writer, in this hands-on workshop. Participants learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, which is a combination of prose and haiku. Haibun has often been used as a means to chronicle autobiographical experiences or to detail observations seen during travels. Learn about the history of the haibun and various examples, with a focus on the work of haiku master Issa Kobayashi, whose work is known both for its humanism and its sense of humor. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to head to Morikami’s beautiful gardens to generate their own haiku and haibun. This workshop is provided in collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For group reservations and additional information, please call 561-233-1367.

Thursday, January 10
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales
Time: 11am & 1pm
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission. No Reservation Required.
Bring the whole family and delve into the world of Japanese folklore through kamishibai paper theater. Join us for a reading of the classic story, Hats for the Jizos.

Saturday, January 12
Furoshiki: The Art of Japanese Fabric Wrapping (Workshop)
Time: 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30pm – 3pm
Cost: $35. Advance Registration Required.
People have used furoshiki, a square reusable wrapping cloth, since the 16th century in a variety of ways to wrap different sized and shaped objects. Learn how to wrap a wine bottle, a watermelon, books, and make a tote bag from a furoshiki. Each participant will take home the cotton wrap cloth used during this workshop. For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

Sunday, January 13
Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration
Time: 10am – 5pm
Price: Adults $15 (ages 11+); Children $10 (ages 4-10); FREE for museum members & ages 3 & under.
2019 marks the Year of the Pig, and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will ring in the New Year with its 41st 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. Experience Japan’s customary mochitsuki rice-pounding, making mochi rice cakes, and a sado tea ceremony. Appearances by shishimai, the lion dancer, are sure to bring good luck for the New Year.

Saturday, January 19
Calligraphy: Adults (Workshop)
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $20. (Cost does not include museum admission) Advance Registration Required.
Learn how to write your name and some Japanese words with ink and brush, two traditional calligraphy-writing implements. For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

Saturday, January 19
Tea Ceremony (Workshop)
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: $40. Advance Registration Required.
The workshop teaches the basics of sadō – The Way of Tea – necessary to understand the aesthetics of sadō and to fully enjoy the tea ceremony itself. Participants become familiar with how to be a guest, how to make a bowl of tea, and serve it. To register, visit morikami.org.

Friday, January 25
Film Screening: A Story of Yonosuke by Shūichi Okita
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)
Co-organized by The Japan Foundation
Time: 7pm, museum doors open at 6pm (160 min., 2013)
Cost: $7, Morikami Members $5.
This film is a coming-of-age drama based on a serialized newspaper novel by Yoshida Shuichi. It nostalgically depicts the interactions between a good-natured young man and his friends, while interweaving the past and present. In 1987, a youth named Yonosuke who is unable to decline the requests of others leaves his hometown of Nagasaki to start university life in Tokyo. One day as he is juggling classes and extracurricular activities, he goes to a driving school and meets Shoko, the daughter of a company president, who takes a liking to him.

Saturday, January 26
Kimono Culture (Demonstration)
Time: 11am, 1:30pm or 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid admission to the museum
Not all kimono are created equal!  Learn about the traditional iconic kimono, with its rich culture, seasonal subtleties, and symbolic nuances. 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. Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For more information, call 561-233-1367.

Sunday, January 27
The Way of Taiko – The Heartbeat of Japan (Workshop)
Time: 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm
Cost: $50. Advance Registration Required.
This workshop introduces participants to the history and practice of taiko drumming. Participants are taught how to understand sounds and movements, i.e., how to connect nature and the meaning of body movement. They will become familiar with the way of taiko and its drumming techniques. Top performers from South Florida’s Fushu Daiko will conduct the workshop. The group is recognized by Seiichi Tanaka, the master of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, who brought taiko to the United States and who trained senior members of the Fushu Daiko group.  For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, 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 its South Florida’s history, 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. The Morikami Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.