December fun at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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December fun at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

DECEMBER 2018

Dates vary

Sado: Tea Ceremony (Class)
Time: 10:15am

Beginners: Dec 2, 9 or Dec 13, 27
Intermediate: Dec 9, 16
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, Dec 4, 11, 18

Ikebana Flower Arrangement- Ikenobo School (Class)
Time: Beginners – 11am – 1pm

Intermediate – 1pm – 3pm*

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.

 

Wednesdays, Dec 5, 12, 19

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School (Class)

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $60 (Morikami Members $52.50) 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.

 

Charles Albert Trunk Show

December 7, 8, 9

Meet celebrity jewelry designer Charles Albert and browse his exquisite, impeccably crafted designs. Members save 20% on all regularly priced and trunk show merchandise.

 

Fridays, Dec 7, 14, 28

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

Landscape – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $45 (Morikami Members $41) 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.

 

Friday, Dec 7

Artist Talk: The Wonders of Japanese Lacquerware “Urushi” by Suzanne Ross

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Time: 7pm, museum doors open at 6pm
Cost: $10 (Morikami Members $7) Advance Ticket Purchase Required

Urushi, the sap of the urushi tree, has been used in Japan for more than 9,200 years. It is a beautiful and versatile material that can be used not only for decoration but also to form a body, as a coating and as an adhesive. It is notably the material used to create beautiful art we call Japanese lacquerware. Join Suzanne Ross on a journey through Japan’s history and learn about the roots of urushi in Japanese culture, how this exotic material is extracted, and about the grave dangers that face urushi and all the traditional arts.

A native of England, Suzanne Ross first encountered urushi as a student of art and design at a London exhibition. There in Japan she studied various traditional Japanese art forms such as calligraphy, flower arranging, and ink painting. She was awarded a scholarship from the Anglo Daiwa Foundation to study urushi at the Ishikawa Kenritsu Wajima Shitsugei Kenshujo. She continued on to specialist courses in maki-e (decorative techniques in urushi) and kyūshitsu (lacquering and carpentry) with various Japanese Living National Treasures. She was awarded a further scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture to conduct additional research under the tutelage of the Living National Treasure Komori Kunie. Her extensive activities over the last twenty years include one-woman exhibitions, gallery and museum shows, NHK broadcasts, overseas tours and workshops, and guest lectures at various universities, museums, and corporations.

Saturday, Dec 8

Guest Artist Workshop: Japanese Lacquerware “Urushi” (Workshop)

Time: 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $60 Advance Registration Required

Join Suzanne Ross on a journey through Japan’s history and learn about the roots of urushi (Japanese lacquerware) in Japanese culture, how this exotic material is extracted, and its use in traditional arts. Students will learn how to make decorative lacquerware panels using traditional Japanese maki-e techniques. Maki-e is a technique of sprinkling gold or silver powder or painting it on to the lacquerware. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use. For required materials or to register, visitmorikami.org.

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8
Film Screening: 5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai

(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Co-organized by The Japan Foundation
Time: 11am (63 min., 2007)
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission

As summarized on IMDb – Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school who grow into close friends, but find their relationship tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents’ jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time. Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Saturday, Dec 8

The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation (Workshop)
Time: 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30pm – 3pm

Cost: $35 Advance Registration Required

Learn the customs and art of Japanese gift presentation in this hands-on workshop. Combining traditions with contemporary aesthetics, participants are introduced to the beauty of Japanese packaging and design, often times incorporating natural and unconventional materials.  Learn to wrap with washi (Japanese traditional handmade paper), create uniquely designed boxes, and other techniques to give your gift an Asian-inspired elegance. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use. For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.

 

Saturday, Dec 8
Film Screening: Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai

(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Co-organized by The Japan Foundation
Time: 2pm (106 min., 2017)
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission

From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more; a chance to finally meet. But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?

 

Thursday, Dec 13
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, How the Years Were Named.

 

Saturday, Dec 15

Block Printing Workshop (Workshop)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: $50 Advance Registration Required
Japan has a long, rich history of woodblock printing, called mokuhanga, dating back to the 11th century. The ukiyo-e genre of block prints flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.  The Morikami is offering a workshop with a modern twist on this ancient art form, carving and printing linoleum blocks to create unique and exciting imagery. Instructor Brian Reedy has been teaching this method for over 20 years, and offers an approach that is easily accessible for beginners, yet challenging for seasoned artists. For more information or to register, visit www.morikami.org.

 

Saturday, Dec 15
Family Fun: Shimekazari Wreath
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission. No Reservation Required

Add some seasonal charm to your home with a handmade New Year’s wreath, or shimekazari, typically displayed during December.

 

Saturday, Dec 15
Koto (Workshop)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $50 Advance Registration Required

Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument and how to play it in this one-day introductory workshop. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the workshop. To further your studies on the koto, sign-up for our koto class series or summer Guest Artist Workshops. To register, visit morikami.org.

 

Saturday, Dec 15
Sado: The Way of Tea (Demonstration)
Time: 12pm, 1:30pm or 3pm
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.

 

Tuesday, Dec 18 – Sunday, Dec 30
Family Fun: Nengajō: New Year’s Cards
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission. No Reservation Required

Join us throughout the holiday season to create a nengajō, a Japanese New Year’s card, to share with friends and family.

 

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.