Category : Japanese Culture

Can’t Get Enough Fall Colors?

Anderson Japanese Gardens provides some of the most breathtaking displays of fall color that you’ll find anywhere. But if you still want to see more, consider visiting the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From September 18 through November 1, they are holding Chrysanthemums and More!, the largest display of its kind in the state, featuring expansive chrysanthemum displays, fall foliage and family-friendly activities. Revered throughout Japan as a symbol of happiness and longevity, mums are […]

Japanese Summer Festival 2015

It’s right around the corner – Anderson Japanese Gardens’ annual Japanese Summer Festival is Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. Join us for this two-day celebration of Japanese culture featuring unique performances and demonstrations of music, dance, arts, games and more. The festival will include Taiko drum performances, special performances by the street performer, Candyman, traditional tea ceremonies and a sake tasting. The gardens are open both days from 9am to 5pm, with activities taking place between 10am and […]

Ikebana and Chanoyu Tea Ceremony

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by students of the late Professor Ikka Nakashima. Both will take place in the Visitor Center. Space is limited to 60 guests per demonstration and […]

Japanese Summer Festival

Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. The Festival will be held during regular garden hours, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4 pm. The Taiko drummers and Candyman, a traditional Japanese street performer, return for multiple performances on both days. Attending a Traditional Tea Ceremony is available for an additional fee; seating is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 815.316.3306 […]

Remembering a Friend of the Gardens

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dear friend, Sensei Nakashima. Sensei was instrumental in promoting Japanese culture throughout the Chicagoland area, including Anderson Japanese Gardens, through Ikebana and traditional Tea Ceremony. The skill and wisdom of her teaching lives on in her many students.