April at the Morikami Offers Enlightening Lecture, Captivating Exhibit, Demonstrations of Sado, Fun Workshops and More

Delray Beach, Fla. — April is the perfect time for a visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens! Enjoy a fascinating lecture by Assistant Curator of Japanese Prints Sarah Thompson, interesting exhibit about the first novel in the world, interactive calligraphy workshops and more. See below for a full list of the month’s events.

March 11 — May 18
New exhibits!
Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints
The Tale of Genji, the first novel in the world, was written over 1000 years ago by the Japanese court lady Murasaki Shikibu. Shikibu’s epic novel was a popular source of inspiration for woodblock print and illustrated book artists in the 19th century. This exhibition, organized by Scripps College (Claremont, CA), features over 50 such woodblock prints and books depicting the scenes from Shikibu’s masterpiece.

Keeping in Touch: The Culture of Letter-Writing in Japan
In Japan, letter-writing is a highly refined art form that is deeply rooted in poetry, steeped in metaphorical allusions and symbolic meaning. Letter-writing evolved from short, heartfelt lyrical verses, skillfully rendered, sometimes on scented paper, and hand-delivered to their intended recipient. This exhibition presents a variety of letter-writing forms from poems to postcards, and explores the myriad art forms that letter-writing brought about in Japan, such as lacquer writing boxes, ink stones, brushes, elegant papers, and other stationary implements.

Ikenobo Flower Arrangement
4-week session: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 1pm — 3pm
Cost: $70 (members $60; advance ticket purchase required)
Flower fee: $60
Location: Oki Education Center
Japanese flower arrangement is an art form dating to the 15th century. The Ikenobo Ikebana School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and style of the Ikenobo School. They create fresh flower arrangements each week, which may then be taken home to enjoy.

Sumi-e Ink Painting (Floral or Landscape)
4-week session: Thursday, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: (Floral) 10:30am- 12:30pm; (Landscape) 1:30pm-3:30pm
Cost: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Location: Oki Education Center
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 learn to grind their own ink using an ink stick and a grinding stone and learn how to hold and utilize brushes to create the primary sumi-e brushstrokes.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, Apr. 13, 27
Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am
Cost: $55 (members $50; advance registration required)
Location: Seishin-an Tea House
The Seishin-an Tea House provides an authentic environment for students learning to perform the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Master Soei Chieko Mihori of the Omote Senke School introduces her students to an art which is central to the Japanese culture. The tea ceremony changes from month to month and from season to season. Attending a Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is required for those who have never taken a Tea Ceremony class but wish to start studying sado.

The Shining Prince on Stage: Inaka Genji in Kabuki Plays and Prints
Talk by Sarah E. Thompson
Day: Thursday, April 17
Time: 7:15pm, museum doors open 6pm
Cost: $7 for members and $10 for non-members (advance ticket purchase required)
Location: Morikami Theater
The greatest bestseller of nineteenth-century Japanese popular fiction was The False Murasaki’s Rustic Genji (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji) by Ry?tei Tanehiko. Published in installments from 1829 until the author’s mysterious death in 1842, the story of a young samurai searching for a missing sword combined adventure, romance, and a clever parody of Japan’s greatest work of classical literature, the real Tale of Genji by the genuine Lady Murasaki, written in about 1000 A.D. Pictures of the hero and the many ladies in his life soon became a popular subject for color woodblock prints, as shown in this exhibition. Just as modern bestsellers are quickly made into movies, the Rustic Genji was dramatized for the kabuki stage. This talk explores the complex interaction between book, plays, and prints.

Sarah E. Thompson, Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints (A.B. Harvard ’73, Ph.D. Columbia ’99), taught Japanese and Asian art history at Vassar College, Oberlin College, and the University of Oregon before coming to the MFA in 2004. From 2005 to 2010, she supervised the Japanese Print Access and Documentation Project (JPADP), which registered, rehoused, digitized, and published online the MFA collection of over 50,000 Japanese prints, the largest outside Japan.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Monthly Tea Ceremony
Day: Saturday, April 19
Time: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid admission to the museum
Location: Seishin-an Tea House
Observe Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.

Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Family Fun Mini Workshop: Calligraphy
Day: Saturday, April 26
Time: 11am — 12pm
Cost: $10 for parent and child, $5 for each additional participant (advance registration required; children must be in 3rd grade or higher and registered with a parent or guardian; museum admission not included in cost)
Location: Oki Education Center
Learn basic Japanese calligraphy techniques using traditional writing implements.

Adult Mini Workshop: Calligraphy
Day: Saturday, April 26
Time: 12:30pm — 1:30pm
Cost: $10 (advance registration required; museum admission not included in cost)
Location: Oki Education Center
Learn basic Japanese calligraphy techniques using traditional writing implements.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.