February at Morikami Features New Exhibit, Sushi Class, Educational Workshops and More

Delray Beach, Fla. — February brings exciting activities to the Morikami, including a new exhibit! Poetry in Clay, on display beginning Feb. 10, brings together paintings, ceramics, decorative fans, tea ceremony utensils and calligraphy pieces by ?tagaki Rengetsu. Throughout the month, visitors also can participate in educational workshops and classes such as the Japanese language and the basics of sushi. See below for a full schedule of the month’s events.

February 10, 2015 — May 24, 2015
New Exhibit!
Poetry in Clay: The Art of ?tagaki Rengetsu
?tagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) was perhaps the most well-known female artist and poetess of nineteenth century Japan. Born in Kyoto, Nobu (her given name) was adopted by the samurai ?tagaki Teruhisa and his wife. After a life of great tragedy and loss, Nobu became a nun and took the name Rengetsu, which means “Lotus Moon.” Rengetsu collaborated with potters, painters, lacquer ware craftsmen and a variety of other artists to create a myriad of unique works of art inscribed with her profoundly personal, witty and spiritual verse. Poetry in Clay will highlight an exquisite selection from the Johnstone-Fong Collection, the largest private collection of works by ?tagaki Rengetsu in the United States.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School
4-week session: Tues., Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 1pm — 3pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $60 payable to instructor
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
3-week session: Wed. Feb. 4, 18, 25
Time: 10:30am — 12:30pm
Class fee: $52.50 (members $45; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $30
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. This introductory course is a prerequisite for Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral
4-week session: Thurs., Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:30am- 12:30pm
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on www.morikami.org.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape
4-week session: Thurs., Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on www.morikami.org.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
3-week session: Fri., Feb. 6, 13, 27
Time: 1:30pm — 3:30pm
Class fee: $52.50 (members $45; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $30
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, February 8 & 15
Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am
Cost: $55 (members $50; advance registration required)
Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.
To register, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Family Fun Days: Yamato-kan Origami
Day: Saturday, February 14
Time: 12pm — 3pm
Cost: Free with paid museum admission
Learn one simple origami project to take home for Valentine’s Day.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Day: Saturday, February 14
Time: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission
Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a 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.

Introductory Japanese Language Intensive Workshop II
2-day workshop: Saturday, February 14 & 28
Time: 1pm — 5pm
Class fee: $80 (advance registration required)
The prerequisite for this course is the Introductory Japanese Language Intensive Workshop I or the Nihongo: Japanese Language Level I Class. This is an intensive 2-day workshop covering lessons 3- 5 of Japanese for Busy People I.
Required materials: Japanese for Busy People I (revised 3rd edition, kana version).

Demonstration of Koto
Day: Saturday, February 21
Time: 12pm, 1:30pm or 2:30pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission
Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th century. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument and listen to its captivating and tranquil sounds demonstrated by koto teacher Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton. Each participant receives a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song, Sakura, or “Cherry Blossom.”

Basics of Sushi
Day: Sunday, February 22
Time: 10am — 12pm
Class fee: $70
Explore the rich history of this Japanese culinary tradition and make — and eat — your very own sushi! Sushi chef Mitsutoshi Sekita leads this hands-on workshop.
Required materials: Sharp 7-8″knife, 10″ x 15″ cutting board, apron, and dish towel

September 30, 2014 — May 24, 2015
Continuing Exhibit
Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function
The Museum presents an elegant survey of Japanese visual culture with a focus on the uniquely Japanese interpretation of form and aesthetics in art and objects of daily use. Encompassing the fields of painting, print-making, architecture, furniture, fashion and ceramic wares over a span of two hundred years, Japanese Design for the Senses showcases the bold simplicity and graphic power of Japanese design that have influenced modern aesthetics worldwide since the first wave of Japonisme hit European Shores in the late nineteenth century. Featured in this exhibit is the extraordinary studio furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji. In Ma: Defining Space, Zeltserman-Miyaji’s elegant shelving and storage systems reflect the inspiration of the staggered, asymmetrical shelving, or chigai-dana, found in traditional Japanese storage chests.

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.