DECEMBER HAPPENINGS: Karesansui Raking Demonstration, Art of Japanese Gift Presentation, and New Year’s Cards at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

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December workshops, classes, and demonstrations:
Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15 
Sumi-e Ink Painting (Floral Beginner) (Class) 
Time: Floral – 10:30am – 12:30pm  
Cost: $52.50 (Morikami Members $48.75)
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.
 
Fridays, December 2, 9, 16 
Sumi-e Ink Painting (Class) 
Time: Floral – 10:30am – 12:30pm  
           Landscape – 1:30pm – 3:30pm 
Cost: $52.50 (Morikami Members $48.75)
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.

Saturday, December 3 
The Art of Kokedama (Workshop) 
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm or 2:00pm – 4:30pm 
Cost: $60
Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil. It is wrapped with string
and contains an ornamental plant growing inside. These beautiful and decorative plants, brings an
organic and natural touch to planting orchids, succulents, and other ornamental plants. Learn the
mechanics of how to make kokedama, creating two regular size and one small one to decorate your home
or to give away to a special person. 
 
Saturday, December 3 
Family Fun: Mizuhiki  
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm 
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission.
Use the magic of mizuhiki, washi paper cords, to bring the symbol of togetherness to your next gift. 
 
Sundays, December 4, 18 
Sado: Tea Ceremony (Intermediate) (Class) 
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Cost: $60 (Morikami Members $55)
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.
 
Sundays, December 4, 18 or Thursdays, December 8, 15 
Sado: Tea Ceremony (Beginners) (Class) 
Time: 10:15am -12:15am 
Cost: $60 (Morikami Members $55)
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.
 
Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20 
Ikebana Flower Arrangement- Ikenobo School (Class) 
Time: Beginners – 11am – 1pm  
           Intermediate – 1pm – 3pm* 
Cost: $60 (Morikami Members $52.50)
*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
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, December 7, 14, 21 
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School (Class) 
Time: Beginners – 10:00am –12:00pm  
           Intermediate – 1:30pm – 3:30pm* 
Cost: $60 (Morikami Members $52.50)
Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has different
schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. The Sogetsu School is a contemporary
school which focuses on creativity and individuality. Students will learn the basics of Sogetsu and create
pieces each week to take home and enjoy. *Intermediate courses are for students with prior experience.
 
Friday, December 15  
Karesansui: Raking Demonstration 
Time: 10:30am 
Cost: FREE with paid museum admission.
Karesansui, or dry landscape garden, is founded on Zen ideology using carefully composed rock
arrangements and gravel or sand. Karesansui is carefully raked to represent characteristics of water
such as currents and waves while boulder arrangements may be interpreted as islands.  Learn about our
Late Rock Garden and observe how the raking can be a practice in mindfulness and meditation. 
Saturday, December 10 
The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation (Workshop) 
Time: 10:30am – 12pm or 1:30pm – 3pm 
Cost: $35
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 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.
 
Saturday, December 10 
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), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip
of matcha green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.  
 
Sunday, December 11 
Film Screening: Belle 
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises 
(122min., 2021, Rated PG, Animation) 
Time: 11am (Dubbed in English) and 2pm (in Japanese, subtitled in English)  
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission (FREE for members as part of Member Appreciation Weekend.
Children ages 3 and under free, limited tickets available)  
From the celebrated Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of
Mirai, Wolf Children, and Summer Wars, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of
social media. Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only
been a shadow of herself. But when she enters the “U,” a massive virtual world, she escapes into her
online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a
monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on a quest to uncover the
identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone. 

Saturday, December 17 – Friday, December 30 
Family Fun: Nengajō: New Year’s Cards  
Time: 10am- 5pm 
Cost: FREE for members or with paid museum admission.
Join us throughout the holiday season to create Japanese New Year’s cards, or nengajō, to present to
family and friends. 
Current Exhibit:
Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper
Through April 2, 2023 
Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper presents over 30 highly textured two-dimensional
works, expressive sculptures, and dramatic installations that explore the astonishing potential
of this traditional medium. In this exhibition, nine Japanese artists embrace the seemingly infinite
possibilities of washi (Japanese paper), underscoring the unique stature this ancient art form has earned
in the realm of international contemporary art. For more than one thousand years, Japan has produced
some of the world’s finest paper. The breathtaking creativity of these artistic visionaries deepens our
understanding of how the past informs the present, and how it can build lasting cultural bridges out of
something as seemingly simple and ephemeral as paper. Washi Transformed features work by nine
contemporary Japanese artists: Aoyama Hina, Horiki Eriko, Ibe Kyoko, Ikezaki Yoshio, Ishii Kakuko,
Kimura Yuko, Nishimura Yuko, Tanaka Takaaki, and Yoshida Ayomi.
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.

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.

Karesansui raking demo at Morikami Museum (Photo credit: Austen Waldron)