April fun at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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APRIL HAPPENINGS:

“Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan” Film Screening,

Ikebana Flower Arrangement, and more at

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

April workshops, classes, and demonstrations:

Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27

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, or 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. 

Friday, April 9
Film Screening: Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan with discussion led by Director Yujiro Seki

Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises
Time: 7pm, museum doors open at 6pm
Cost: $10 (Morikami Members $7) 

The award-winning documentary, Carving the Divine offers a rare and intimate look into the life and artistic process of modern-day Busshi – practitioners of a 1400 year old lineage of Buddhist woodcarving. Master Koun Seki takes the viewer on a trip through a guild culture unlike anything existing today in the West – from the growing pains of a novice apprentice, to the entire guild working together as one body to create breathtaking works of art. Grand Master Saito himself is on a personal quest to “leave nothing but great works behind.” 

Yujiro Seki, an award-winning director, writer, and producer, was born and raised in Japan and earned a BA in Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Seki moved to Los Angeles to work as a director of the video department for Intermarket Design. After attaining permanent U.S. residency, Seki began studying full time in the Cinematography program at UCLA Extension. Upon graduating from that program, he embarked on the journey of making his feature documentary project, Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan. Carving the Divine has debuted at numerous film festivals around the world and has garnered recognition and awards.

Koto, Japanese Traditional Music

Saturdays, April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15
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 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. 

Sundays, April 11, 25 or Thursdays, April 15, 29

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

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 season to season.

Sundays, April 11, 25

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 season to season. Intermediate course requires approval by the instructor before registering. 

Saturday, April 24
Sado: The Way of Tea (Demonstration)
Time: 12pm, 1:30pm or 3pm
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), and tranquility (jaku) will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life. 

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

About Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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