June happenings at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

There are so many fun events coming up at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens during the month of June! Check out their programming schedule below.

Sado: Tea Ceremony (Class)
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Beginners: June 2, 16 or June 13, 20
Intermediate: June 16, 23
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.

Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School (Class)
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 (Morikami 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.

Saturday, June 8
Studio Ghibli Summer Film Series – Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki
Time: 11 a.m. (Dubbed in English); 2 p.m. (In Japanese, subtitled in English); (134 min., Rated PG-13)
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission (children ages 3 and under free).

Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke box office records on its original release in Japan. While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into the sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who are waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. Princess Mononoke is a force of nature – with blood-smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.

Saturday, June 15
Sado: The Way of Tea (Demonstration)
Time: 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission. No Reservation Required.

Observe Japanese sadō, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sadō — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of matcha green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life. No reservations necessary unless for a group of 10 or more. To reserve, please call 561-233-1367.

Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16
Father’s Day weekend at Morikami!

There are hundreds of kinds of kites in Japan, with each region of the country having their own, specific style of traditional kites. In celebration of Father’s Day, join us in the tradition by flying your own kite or making your own kite to fly in one of our workshops, with world renowned kite instructor, Mr. Toki Mikio.

Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16
Family Kite-Making (Workshop)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30 for a parent and 1 child, $10 for each additional family member (Plus $5 Materials Fee for each participant). Advance Registration Required.

Kids (8+) together with a parent can make rocket kites with Mr. Toki Mikio. Following the workshop, fly your kite! For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

Saturday, June 15
Adult/Youth Kite-Making (Workshop)
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 (Plus $10 Materials Fee). Advance Registration Required.

Adults and children (14+) make orizome (dyed) kites with Mr. Toki Mikio. Following the workshop, fly your kite! For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

Sunday, June 16
Family Fun: Father’s Day Block Printing
Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission. No Reservation Required

Print a custom card to thank Dad or a special someone for all they do throughout the year and discover Japan’s long tradition of woodblock prints.

Sunday, June 16
Fly a Kite!
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE with advance registration

All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Bring your own kite or just watch and enjoy the fun! In the event of inclement weather, Mr. Toki Mikio will present a lecture about Japanese kites in the theater. For more information, visit morikami.org.

Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23
Guest Artist Music Workshops (Workshop)
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. break) (Beginners), 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. (2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. break) (Intermediate)*
Cost: $200. Advance Registration Required.

*Prerequisite: must take the beginner’s course or have prior experience with the instrument.

Participants will choose which instrument they would like to study: 13-string koto (zither) or shakuhachi (bamboo flute). The program is aimed at beginners, those with no or little experience with the shakuhachi or koto. An intermediate course is offered for those who have taken the beginners course and want to go to the next level. Led by Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, coordinator of the program and koto teacher, the faculty also includes ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi performer Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel. For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
Youth Summer Music & Culture Camp
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $250. Advance Registration is Required.
For grades 3rd – 12th

Campers will learn to play traditional Japanese instruments from professional musicians, experience Japanese culture, and participate in fun craft activities. For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.