October at Morikami Features Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon, Stroll for Well Being, Numerous Interactive Workshops and More

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — October is a wonderful time to visit the Morikami Museum and Gardens! Guests can pay tribute to Japan’s three-day Obon holiday at Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon, experience the return of Stroll for Well Being: Garden Walks and Demonstrations of Sado, as well as attend several cultural workshops. See below for a full list of the month’s events.

New Exhibit!
September 30, 2014 — January 18, 2015
Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function
Japanese Design for the Senses comprises three distinct exhibitions highlighting the beauty, form, and function that is inherent to Japanese craft and design. Each component features objects designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Examples include an array of exquisite works, from folding screen paintings and lacquer boxes, to handcrafted lamps, benches, and step chests, all of which are as impressive in their design as they are in their craftsmanship and functionality.

Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz
For over forty years, the abstract expressionist painter Elaine Ehrenkranz formed a comprehensive collection of magnificent Japanese lacquerware boxes ranging in date from the 15th- to the mid-19th centuries. A large portion of her collection was donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1997, with the remaining masterpieces gifted to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in 2013. Touch of Gold features her remarkable gift to the Morikami.

Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 — 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji’s timeless, elegant shelving and storage systems accentuate the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the essence of Japanese design and furniture aesthetics. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture
Katachi embodies the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics: a harmonious balance of beautiful form, fine workmanship, and practical functionality. This exhibition draws upon the Morikami’s collection of 19th and 20th-century Japanese furnishings, including decorative folding screens, storage chests, lamps, and many other examples of fine Japanese design and craftsmanship. Also on view are several pieces made by renowned furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 — 1990), a leading innovator of 20th-century furniture design and one of the founders of the American Craft Movement.

Nihongo: Japanese Language
8-week session: Sun., Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: Level I 10:15am — 11:15am
Level II 11:20am — 12:20pm
Level III 12:20pm — 1:20pm
Level IV 1:20pm — 2:20pm
Class fee: $90 (members $80; advance registration required)
Japanese Language Level I & II cover Lessons 1-14 and introduce hiragana and katakana.
Japanese Language Level III & IV covers Lessons 15-25 and an introduction to writing kanji.
Required materials: Japanese for Busy People I (revised 3rd edition, kana version).

Art of Bonsai: Beginner
5-week session: Sun., Oct.5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2
Time: 12pm — 3pm
Class fee: $91 (members $81; advance registration required)
Material fee: $45 payable to instructor (cash or check only)
The ancient art of bonsai (literally “tree in a tray”) creates the illusion of maturity in a tree, no matter its actual age. Students learn to train and trim their own tree in this introductory class.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School
4-week session: Tues., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1pm — 3pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $60 payable to instructor (cash or check only)
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.

Stroll for Well-Being: Garden Walks at Morikami
Session 1: Wed. Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3
Time: 11:00am — 12:30pm (three meetings only)
Cost: $100 (advance registration required; includes one year Individual membership; members $40)
The Stroll for Well-Being program guides participants through contemplative garden strolls and journal-writing to encourage self-reflection in an environment of peace: Morikami’s gardens. Dr. Ruth McCaffrey, Associate Professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, helped establish this innovative program at Morikami and leads the three scheduled group meetings.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral
4-week session: Thurs., Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
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., Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
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; listed on www.morikami.org.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
3-week session: Fri., Oct. 17, 24, 31
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.

Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon
Day: Saturday, October 18
Time: 3pm — 8pm New this year! Members-only access 2pm — 3pm
Cost: Check morikami.org/lanternfest for up-to-date pricing; admission can only be purchased online in advance and event is expected to sell out.
Inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors, Morikami celebrates Lantern Festival in one fun-packed evening. Entertainment includes rousing taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing with audience participation and a street fair with games and vendor booths. The highlight of the evening begins at sunset when the lake surrounded by majestic gardens are transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns that, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. A special fireworks display caps the enchanting evening. Beginning this year, members enjoy priority access between 2 and 3pm, featuring a kick-off taiko performance, members-only sake selections, and early bird lantern sales. Please note that the Morikami is closed during normal hours of operation on this day and opens at 2pm for members-only hour. The event opens to the public at 3pm.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, October 19 & 26
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.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Day: Saturday, October 25
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.)

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.