There are so many fun events coming up at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens during the month of November! Check out their programming schedule below.
Sundays, November 1, 15 or Thursdays, November 5, 19
Sado: Tea Ceremony (Beginners) (Class)
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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. To register, visit morikami.org.
Sundays, November 1, 15
Sado: Tea Ceremony (Intermediate) (Class)
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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. To register, visit morikami.org.
Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17
Ikebana Flower Arrangement- Ikenobo School (Class)
Time: Beginners – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Intermediate – 1 p.m. –3 p.m.*
Cost: $60 (Morikami Members $52.50). 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.
Friday, November 6
The Yamato Colony: A Japanese Settlement in Florida – Talk by Tom Gregersen
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Time: 7 p.m. Museum doors open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $10 (Morikami Members $7). Advance Ticket Purchase Required.
Tom Gregersen shares anecdotes about the pioneering Yamato Colony of Japanese settlers that existed in Palm Beach County early in the twentieth century. Topics covered include the founding of the colony by Jo Sakai, the lives of George Morikami and other settlers, the meaning of the name “Yamato,” the colony’s location, and the settlers’ experiences during World War II. Mr. Gregersen earned an M. A. degree in Japanese studies from the University of Michigan in 1977. He joined the staff of the Morikami Museum in 1978 as assistant curator, rising to senior curator and cultural director over a thirty-five-year career with the museum. Tom is the recipient of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2013) and the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays (2019), awarded by the Japanese Foreign Ministry and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. With Reiko Nishioka, he translated to English a Japanese-language history of the colony by Ryusuke Kawai. The English version of Yamato Colony: The Pioneers Who Brought Japan to Florida was published by the University Press of Florida. Book signing will follow the lecture.
Saturday, November 7
Tea Ceremony (Workshop)
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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.
Sundays, November 8, 15, 22, December 6, 20
The Art of Bonsai (Class)
Time: Beginners – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Intermediate – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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.
November 13, 14, 15
Season Preview Sale at the Museum Store
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Morikami members save 20% on all regularly priced merchandise. Available in-store and online.
Saturday, November 14
Virtual Family Fun: Pocky Day
Learn all about this popular Japanese snack, which even has its own holiday! Make your own personalized box set of wooden pocky (chocolate-covered biscuit sticks) with Morikami’s craft template and instructional video.
November 21, 2020 – April 3, 2021
Collecting Stories (New Exhibit)
Collecting Stories focuses on works drawn from the Morikami’s Permanent Collection and featured in vignettes, or mini exhibitions, representing diverse perspectives for interpreting the narrative of any object (or groups of objects). Explore how Japanese visual culture has reflected changes in society, politics, and modernization. Learn how everyday functional objects can express deep spirituality. Observe how some Japanese artists have responded to international influences over the past 400 years. Consider how the lives of Japanese Americans like George Morikami have impacted non-Japanese communities. In addition, we will highlight the positive ways in which the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is contributing to a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture through the Museum’s collecting and exhibition strategies.
Saturday, November 21
Sado: The Way of Tea (Demonstration)
Time: 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission.
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) — will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.
Sunday, November 29
Museum Store Sunday
Celebrate the art of giving – and receiving! – on Museum Store Sunday. Members will receive a 20% discount and non-members receive a 10% discount. Spend $50 or more and take home a yume (“dream” in Japanese) teacup. Offer is available one per customer while supplies last.
Due to COVID-19, all programming is subject to change. Please check the website for updates or cancellations.