August workshops, classes, and demonstrations:
Saturday, August 7
Youth Origami Workshop
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $20 (Cost does not include museum admission). Advance Registration Required.
Ages: 3rd Grade – 12th Grade*
Learn how to make unique origami art by using various techniques and simple folds.
*Children under fourteen must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the workshop. The parent/guardian is welcome to enroll in the workshop alongside their child.
Saturday and Sunday, August 14-15
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Admission; Taiko drumming performance ($5 for members/$7 for non-members)
Take a contemplative stroll through the Japanese gardens, fill out tanzaku slips in memory of lost loved ones, enjoy a live taiko drumming performance in the spirit of Obon, and pay their respects to George Morikami at the Bon altar. During Obon, families decorate their altars with a variety of offerings like incense, flowers, or fruits. Morikami’s Bon altar will be displayed in the Kamiya Room, adjacent to the Membership desk. Taiko drumming performances are at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.
Saturday, August 21
Virtual Family Fun: Kakigōri
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE online activity
As the temps heat up in South Florida, learn how to cool things down with kakigōri. Fashioned from finely shaved ice and topped with flavored syrup and condensed milk, the cotton candy-esque Japanese dessert, once a luxury confection consumed by Japanese nobles during the 11th century, is now a popular mainstay at Asian summer festivals. Kids can craft their own kakigōri by visiting Morikami’s website at morikami.org.
Saturdays, August 28, September 4, and September 11
The Joy of Carving: Chirirenge Ramen Spoon Carving Workshop
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $150 + $20 material fee (cash payable to the instructor)
Chirirenge, or “renge” for short, is a Japanese ramen spoon named after a fallen lotus flower petal, which this elegant cutlery resembles in shape. Unlike the western spoon, chirirenge has a curved, thick handle extending directly from a deep, flat bowl, which is ideal for slurping ramen noodle soup. The Joy of Carving three-day workshop is a craft experience designed to help participants slow down for the sake of spoon carving and the myriad of ways one uses this unique utensil. Participants will focus on the tactile exploration of wood as a creative medium, and learn carving techniques to shape one’s work into functional art. Wood and carving tools are provided and participants will handcraft their own ramen spoon to enjoy at home.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach.
For more information, call (561) 495-0233 or visit morikami.org.
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