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Delray Beach, Fla. — The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has announced its May calendar of events, which is filled with exciting cultural events for all ages. Visitors can get a head start on warmer summer months at Sushi & Stroll, where they will enjoy delicious food, a beautiful sunset, a remarkable taiko drum performance and more. Interesting exhibits, engaging classes and a fascinating tea ceremony demonstration are also on the agenda. See a full description of May events below.

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.

Sumi-e Ink Painting (Floral or Landscape)
4-week session: Thursday, May 1, 8, 15, 22
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.

Sogetsu Flower Arrangement
4-week session: Friday, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Cost: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $40
Location: Oki Education Center
Flower arrangement is an art form in Japan. Sogetsu flower arrangement is taught by flower masters of the contemporary school. Students in this course learn the basic principles and style of Sogetsu, creating fresh flower arrangements each week, which may then be taken home to enjoy.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, May 4, 18
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.

Ikenobo Flower Arrangement
4-week session: Tuesday, May 6, 13, 20, 27
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.

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series
Day: Friday, May 9
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children (4-10) (museum members and children 3 and under FREE); $2 for taiko performance (optional). Reservations are not required.
Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can’t be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden and you’ve got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks! Stroll the gardens at your own pace and take advantage of our free tour of the museum and gardens for smart phones. Savor cuisine from our own Cornell Caf

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