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Programs

Taiko Drumming

Saturdays and Sundays; 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
(exception: October 15 & 16; 1, 3, & 4 p.m.)
On the Conservatory Lawn
Thunderous and thrilling, the taiko (Japanese drum) has been called "the voice and spirit of the Japanese people." From its roots in agriculture and use in the ancient music in shrines and temples, traditional taiko folk music is believed to have entertained the gods, attracted good fortune, driven away evil forces and insects, lent strength and courage to warriors, and celebrated life. Join in the celebration with expert drummers from Taiko Masala.

Poetry for Every Season

Daily
Perennial Garden Way
In conjunction with Kiku, poems spanning 11 centuries of Japanese literature line Perennial Garden Way. Poems in the ancient forms of haiku and tanka capture the ephemeral beauty of fall in only three or five lines of carefully composed verse. Contemporary poets Jane Hirshfield and Chase Twichell narrate the accompanying audio tour.

Co-presented with the Poetry Society of America

Roaming Guides

Daily; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Get an in-depth look into the world of kiku with guides stationed throughout the exhibition.

Hands-on Japanese Arts Demonstrations­—12-3 p.m.

At the Conservatory Plaza
Participate in age-old art forms that are a popular part of Japanese culture. Offerings change each week.

Ikebana

October 8 & 9; (Demonstrations at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.)
Japanese ikebana—"flowers kept alive"—is a complex form of asymmetrical flower arranging. Watch experts from the Izunomi Association USA create these masterful works of botanical art and sign up for an Adult Education class on the subject.

Origami

October 10, 22 & 29
Learn how to make origami papercrafts, including simple designs for kids, and explore the history of paper folding with Taro’s Origami Studio. www.tarosorigami.com

Saori Weaving

October 23 & 30
Watch as weavers from Loop of the Loom practice Saori weaving, a contemporary hand weaving style, where imperfections are celebrated as a part of life and the individual. loopoftheloom.com

Aki Matsuri: Japanese Fall Celebration of the Steinhardt Maple Collection

October 15 & 16

The Garden’s historic collection of maples from around the world has been expanded with the addition of many rare and unusual plants, including new Japanese cultivars. The majestic beauty of the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection’s distinguished trees sets the stage for a colorful weekend of fall activities, including nature walks and haiku workshops.

Taiko Drumming

1, 3, & 4 p.m.
On the Conservatory Lawn
Thunderous and thrilling, the taiko (Japanese drum) has been called "the voice and spirit of the Japanese people." From its roots in agriculture and use in the ancient music in shrines and temples, traditional taiko folk music is believed to have entertained the gods, attracted good fortune, driven away evil forces and insects, lent strength and courage to warriors, and celebrated life. Join in the celebration with expert drummers from Taiko Masala.

Roaming Guides

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Get an in-depth look into the world of kiku with guides stationed throughout the exhibition.

Haiku Writing Workshop

12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.
Steinhardt Maple Collection
Haiku is a classic form of Japanese poetry composed of three lines with 17 syllables, written in a 5/7/5 rhythm. Haikus often focus on imagery involving nature, while emphasizing simplicity and sensory experiences. With the help of poets from the Poetry Society of America, write your own verses inspired by fall.

Martial Arts and Samurai Demonstrations

12 & 2 p.m.
On the Conservatory Lawn
Martial arts are ancient systems of combat with varied and historic roots in countries around the world. Japan in particular is home to several lauded styles, among which samurai swordsmanship is recognized as one of the finest and most challenging disciplines, requiring an abundance of focus, dedication, and skill. See afternoon demonstrations from expert practitioners from Samurai Sword Sou.

Shinrin-yoku: Meditation & Nature Walks

12, 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
Meet at the entrance to the Steinhardt Maple Collection
Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a Japanese practice that supports physical and mental health through exposure to nature. This is reflected in Japanese Zen, where silent meditation in serene environments is a core element of the practice. Buddhist monk Bhante Suddhāso, trained in both Zen and in Theravāda meditation, will lead visitors in the practice of sitting and walking meditation among the trees and landscapes of the garden. buddhistinsights.com

Japanese Drawing & Calligraphy (Shodou)

12-3 p.m.
In the Conservatory Plaza
Watch as Japanese calligraphy, or shodou, is practiced by a visiting expert. Materials will be provided so that you can create your own piece to take home.

NYBG Classes

Don’t miss Gardening, Wellness, and Floral Design classes inspired by Japanese principles.

Ikebana: A Comprehensive Approach
Starts Thursday, October 13; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Midtown Education Center

Intro to Meditation
Saturday, October 15; 10 a.m – 12:30 p.m., NYBG or Thursday, October 20; 6 – 8:30 p.m., Midtown Education Center

Bonsai for Beginners
Sunday, October 23; 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., NYBG

East Meets West: Autumnscape
Friday, October 28; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., NYBG

Japanese Maple Bonsai Workshop
Saturday, October 29; 10 – 2:30 p.m., NYBG

Browse all classes at nybg.org/adulted