March 22, 2023


The Artwork of Kokedama

By Jan Engoren


I used to be blown away once I bought the e-mail saying the variability and novelty of the lessons and workshops provided this fall at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. We’re speaking all the pieces from Japanese material dyeing, bonsai,  paper chopping, and material wrapping to Ikebana, black ink drawing, music classes, rising vegetation in a moss-covered ball of soil and way more. Plus, Japanese language lessons as properly.  Actions run by way of December, 2022. And even in the event you’re not within the lessons, it’s properly price a go to to benefit from the gardens, an amazing store and cafe.-Karen

Word: Images by Austen Waldron

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The Artwork of Bonsai – “A Tree in a Tray”

A practice which originated in 6th century China, the artwork of bonsai creates the phantasm of age and maturity of a tree which has developed and sustained the results of nature for a few years. College students study to artfully trim and prepare a tree in a container. Inexperienced persons and Intermediate lessons out there.

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Sado – The Tea Ceremony 

Study the Japanese values of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility by way of the centuries-old and honored tea ceremony, referred to as Sado.  Carry out the intricacies of the ceremony, with its ever-evolving seasonal subtleties within the Morikami’s genuine Seishin-an Tea Home with teacher Yoshiko Hardick. The tea ceremony adjustments from month to month and from season to season – Aisatsu.


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Koto – the nationwide instrument of Japan – is a standard Japanese stringed instrument, just like a zither, first launched to Japan from China within the Seventh-Eighth centuries.  Though not broadly utilized in Western music, David Bowie used a koto in his instrumental piece “Moss Backyard” on his 1977 album “Heroes.”

Study the historical past, tradition and methods to play this instrument on this 5-week course. Devices will probably be supplied.


Ikebana Ikenobo

ikebana, the normal Japanese artwork type of flower arranging, has varied faculties of examine, every with distinctive philosophies and aesthetics. Courting again to the fifteenth century, the Ikenobo Faculty is the oldest and most conventional. College students will study primary ideas and elegance of Ikenobo, creating contemporary flower preparations every week to take residence and revel in.


Ikebana Sogetsu

The Sogetsu Faculty of Ikebana is a recent college which focuses on the creativity and individuality of ikebana. The concept is that ikebana might be finished by anybody, wherever, with nearly something. College students will study the fundamentals of Sogetsu and create items every week to deliver residence and revel in.

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Ink Portray


Sumi-E Floral

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Sumi-e, (charcoal drawing) is a type of Japanese ink portray introduced from China within the twelfth century. Primarily finished in black ink, college students will grind their very own ink utilizing an ink stick and a grinding stone and study to carry and make the most of brushes to create the first sumi-e brushstrokes. Floral and panorama lessons will begin with a evaluation of the essential methods earlier than transferring on to the primary topic.

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Sumi-E Panorama (Black Ink Portray)

Attempt your hand (actually) at Japanese black ink portray.


Virtually all nice Japanese brush and ink artists centered on nature and creating landscapes.  Impressed by Zen-Buddhist monks and the spirit of Buddhism and Taoism, the earliest monks centered their compositions on mountains and water (Sansui).  Emphasis is positioned on the great thing about every particular person stroke of the comb.


Nihongo Language Class (Three Ranges)

Ohayou gozai masu (Good Morning).  Oo genki desu ka? (How are you?)  Arigatou gozai mashi ta (Thanks).

These are just some of the phrases you’ll study within the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens  language lessons.  Preliminary ranges introduce primary survival Japanese, grammar, studying and hiragana writing (with 48 base characters). Matters embody assembly folks, purchasing, and eating. Every degree consists of three components which needs to be taken sequentially.


Workshops on the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens:

Fundamentals Of Sushi Workshop


Sushi has entered the American palate as a cultural affect from Japan. However are you aware what sushi is? Few know that sushi just isn’t really uncooked fish, however rice made with a little bit of vinegar and sugar. Served with a wide range of accompaniments, cooked or uncooked fish and greens, it could actually take many varieties. Led by sushi chef Mitsutoshi Sekita, contributors will learn to make sushi, and, after all, get pleasure from consuming the outcomes of your efforts.


Paper Chopping Workshop

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Visitor Artist Workshop: Paper-cutting with Hiromi Moneyhun –

Be a part of visitor artist Hiromi Moneyhun to create a singular piece of kirie (paper reduce) paintings or create a Florida-style Kyo Uchiwa paddle fan. For the vacations in December, contributors will create a one-of-a-kind kirie vacation decoration for his or her residence or to present to somebody particular. Get launched to Moneyhun’s intricate fashion of making whimsical and daring paintings. Study particular chopping methods and get the prospect to create your individual paper reduce paintings to brighten your property.


Koto Workshop (See Koto Lessons Above)

For a one-time introduction to the koto and its historical past and find out how to play it, enroll in a one-day introductory workshop. Devices will probably be supplied. To additional your research on the koto, sign-up for his or her koto class sequence.


Shibori Indigo Workshop

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Shibori is a Japanese strategy of handbook resist dyeing used to make patterns on materials. Using indigo dye, or aizome, has a protracted and cherished historical past in Japan. The deep blue colours for which Japanese textiles are celebrated come from the leaves of the tade ai, a plant launched to Japan from China within the sixth century. Study varied shibori methods and get an opportunity to make your individual shibori creation.

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Nihongo: Japanese Intensive Workshop I (See Nihongo Lessons Above)


No time for an on-going dedication, however nonetheless wish to dip your toe into conversational Japanese?  Join the intensive workshop on the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.  The Workshops are a fast-paced introductory sequence consisting of three separate  3-day periods.

The complete sequence might be taken as a substitute for the Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Stage I Class sequence. College students who full all three workshops will probably be prepared for Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Stage II Class the next season.  This preliminary degree introduces primary survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana writing and studying. Matters embody, however usually are not restricted to, assembly folks, purchasing, and eating.

Sado: Tea Ceremony Workshop – Omotesenke Faculty


This workshop teaches the fundamentals of sadō – The Manner of Tea – obligatory to know the aesthetics of sadō and to completely benefit from the tea ceremony. Members turn into accustomed to find out how to take part as a visitor, find out how to make a bowl of tea and serve it.

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The Manner Of Taiko: The Heartbeat Of Japan – Conventional Japanese Drum Workshop


This workshop consists of an introduction to the historical past of taiko drumming. Members will learn to perceive sounds and actions and find out how to join nature and the that means of physique motion. You’ll turn into accustomed to the way in which of taiko and drumming methods. Devices are supplied.

The Artwork of Kokedama


Kokedama is the Japanese artwork of rising vegetation in a moss-covered ball of soil. The ball is wrapped with string and incorporates a decorative plant rising inside. These stunning and ornamental vegetation deliver an natural and pure contact to planting orchids, succulents and different decorative vegetation. Study the mechanics of find out how to make kokedama, creating two common measurement and one small one to brighten your property or to provide as a present.


The Artwork of Japanese Reward Presentation Workshop

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Study the customs and artwork of Japanese present presentation. Combining conventional with modern aesthetics, contributors are launched to the great thing about Japanese packaging and design, incorporating pure and unconventional supplies. Study to wrap with washi (Japanese conventional handmade paper), create uniquely designed bins and different methods to provide your present an Asian-inspired magnificence. Workshop instruments and supplies will probably be supplied.

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop for Inexperienced persons


Study brush strokes utilizing sumi (charcoal) ink and a brush to write down Japanese characters. After training on paper you’ll create a last calligraphy piece on shikishi board to take residence.

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The Artwork Of Japanese Material Wrapping – Furoshiki Workshop

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The Japanese have used furoshiki, a sq. reusable wrapping material, because the sixteenth century in a wide range of methods to wrap otherwise sized and formed objects. Learn to wrap a wine bottle, a watermelon, books, and find out how to make a tote bag from a furoshiki.

Block Printing Workshop

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Japan has a protracted, wealthy historical past of woodblock printing, referred to as mokuhanga, courting again to the eleventh century. The ukiyo-e style of block prints flourished in Japan from the seventeenth by way of nineteenth centuries.  This workshop gives a contemporary twist on this historical artwork kind, the place contributors can carve and print with linoleum blocks to create their very own distinctive imagery.


The Haibun Journey: A Narrative of Perception and Discovery


Haibun is a standard type of Japanese poetry pioneered by the 17th century poet Matsuo Basho comprising a piece of prose adopted by haiku. Members will study the normal and modern use of the shape, by way of studying of assorted examples, and study varied methods for writing profitable haibun.




The Pleasure of Carving – Chirirenge Ramen Spoon Version

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Chirirenge in Japanese is the title of the soup spoons used as ramen spoons in Japan. Not like the western spoon, it’s deep with a flat backside to carry extra soup. The deal with is curved upwards and the form mimics a fallen petal of the lotus flower (renge). The phrase chiri means “to fall off.”

Japanese Conventional Music Workshops: Koto with Joseph Amato

There will probably be two alternatives for adults to take the Japanese conventional music workshops on the with skilled musician from Japan. Devices and sheet music will probably be supplied


Sumi-e Brush Making

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Sumi-e Brush Making

Study to make your individual brushes to create conventional Japanese Sumi-e work.  The custom of handmade mushy brushes has been a singular device used for calligraphy and sumi-e portray by way of many dynasties unit the current day. The origins of brush making might be traced again to five thousand years in the past in China. The comb is likely one of the most inspiring instruments and nonetheless has the facility to peak our imaginations. Utilizing any sort of hair, palm tree fibers, bamboo, and driftwood, you may make your individual brushes by studying easy building methods.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is situated at 4000 Morikami Park Highway, Delray Seashore, Florida 33446.  Tel: (561) 495-0233. 

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