Japanese Summer Festival 2016 @ Andersen Japanese Garden

Japanese Summer Festival

A Celebration of Traditional Cultural Arts

Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

FREE for Garden Members | Cost of Regular Garden Admission for Non-Members

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of 2016 Japanese Summer Festival Activities

The Japanese Summer Festival features exhibits, demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups and helps foster a better understanding of the Japanese culture. Most Festival activities are included with Garden Admission, with a small fee required for tea ceremony participation. Admission to the Japanese Summer Festival is always free for Garden Members.

2016 Activities & Performances Include:

Indoor Activities

  • Rock River Bonsai Society Exhibit

  • Raku Pottery – Demonstration and displays

  • Origami – Hands-on demonstrations of Japanese art of paper folding

  • Fukuwarai Activity – Traditional Japanese holiday game

  • Falconry Display

  • Satsuma Button Craftsman-Japanese ceramic button display

  • Samurai Warrior Costumes– try on costume for a great photo opportunity

  • Artezanato Studio Festival Vendor– items will be for sale

  • Ohio Kimono Festival Vendor– items will be for sale

  • Origami Inspired Artwork by Meagan Weber

  • Japanese Doll Collection

Outdoor Activities

  • Ho Etsu Taiko Drum Performance – Japanese drum ensemble

  • Bujinkan performances – Traditional Japanese martial arts

  • Koto Performances– Japanese stringed instrument

  • Awa Odori Chicago– Traditional Japanese Dance

  • Ms. Seiran Chiba– Calligrapher from Japan

  • Koi Whisperer– interactive program about koi

  • Takaaki Saida– Fifth Generation Stonesmith from Japan

  • Akihiro Mashimo– Bamboo Fence Maker from Japan

  • Teru Teru Bozu– Traditional handmade doll

  • Zen Garden Raking

Tea Ceremonies

For those wishing to participate in a more intimate cultural experience, traditional tea ceremonies will be led by members of Urasenke Tankokai and students of Professor Kimiko Gunji. Gunji is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture in the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. Reservations are required for all tea ceremonies. For more information please contact Katie Weston at kweston@andersongardens.org.

Event website for more info: http://www.andersongardens.org/garden-events/japanese-summer-festival-2016/

Register for tea ceremony: http://www.andersongardens.org/gazebo-tea-ceremonies/

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