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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

Event website for more info:

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