Enjoy calligraphy, tea ceremonies, and more at Morikami this January

Practice calligraphy, enjoy a tea ceremony, and perfect your flower arrangements this January at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach! 


Sundays, January 3, 17, 24, 31, February 7

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.


Sundays, January 3, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28

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: $110 (Morikami Members $100). 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.


Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26

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.


Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3

Japanese Traditional Music: Koto (Intermediate) (Class)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $155 (Morikami Members $150). Advance Registration Required.

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 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. This class is for students with experience in koto.


Thursdays, January 7, 21 or Sundays, January 24, 31

Sado: Tea Ceremony (Beginners) (Class)
Time: 10:15am -12:15pm
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.


Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28

Sumi-e Ink Painting (Floral Beginner) (Class)
Time: Floral – 10:30am – 12:30pm
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.


Thursday, January 7

Virtual Mori Stories: How the Years Were Named
Time: 1pm
Cost: FREE online reading

In Japan each year belongs to one of 12 different animals in a cycle. Listen to the tale of how this tradition came to be. Virtual reading and related craft activity will be shared on Morikami’s Facebook page.


Fridays, January 8, 15, 22, 29

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.


Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 13

Japanese Traditional Music: Koto (Beginner) (Class)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $155 (Morikami Members $150), Advance Registration Required.

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.


Saturdays, January 9, 30

Virtual Nihongo Intensive I – B (Online Workshop)
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Cost: $100. 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.


Saturday, January 16

Calligraphy: Adults (Workshop)
Time: 11:30am – 1pm or 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $35 (Cost does not include museum admission). Advance Registration Required.

Learn brush strokes using sumi-e ink and a brush to write Japanese characters. Participants will create their very own calligraphy work of art to take home.


Saturday, January 16

Sado Tea Ceremony (Workshop)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
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.


Saturday, January 23

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.


Sundays, January 24, 31

Sado: Tea Ceremony (Intermediate) (Class)
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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. Intermediate course requires approval by the instructor before registering.


Sunday, January 24

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.


Due to COVID-19, all programming is subject to change. Please check the website for updates or cancellations.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. For more information, call (561) 495-0233 or visit morikami.org.