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Anderson Japanese Gardens

August 2017

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens

August 8, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens is a summertime concert series.  It features local, regional and nationally touring musicians. FREE for Garden Members | Cost of Regular Garden Admission for Non-Members August 8- Opening Act: The Coteries (Fort Collins, CO) Featured Act: The Black Lillies (Knoxville, TN)

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Insect Hunt

August 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for an insect hunt with local expert, Barbara Williams.  participants will explore the Garden in search of native bees, butterflies, dragonflies and a variety of other insects and learn how they live in the Gardens.  In the case of inclement weather, the class will be moved indoors.

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Groovin’ in the Garden

August 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groovin' in the Garden is a music series where children, parents and grandparents are encouraged to jump, clap and get silly together.  All performances start at 10:00 AM and take place outside the Pavilion. Ralph's World is the mega-fun musical planet where kids rock, rock, rock and dance, dance,dance to their delight.  The band leads the audience through a rocking set of dancing, singing and good old-fashioned fun.  Ralph's World national appearances include: NPR's All Things Considered, ABC World News…

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Creek Walk

August 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let's get our feet wet!  join us for an exploration of Spring Creek in the Garden with representatives from Atwood Center.  We will look for signs of animals that live in and around the water, turn over some rocks and conduct science experiments.  Come ready to get wet and muddy!  An adult guardian must accompany students.  In the case of inclement weather, the class will be cancelled.

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Tuesday Evening in the Gardens

August 15, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens is a summertime concert series.  It features local, regional and nationally touring musicians. FREE for Garden Members | Cost of Regular Garden Admission for Non-Members August 15- Opening Act: Macyn Taylor (Milwaukee, WI) Featured Act: Harlan Jefferson (Rockford, IL)

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Donation Day

August 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Donation Day is the third Thursday of each month.  Admission fees are waived thanks to the generous support from BMO Harris Bank.  In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to make donations to help maintain the Garden to world-class quality standards.

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Lecture Series

August 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Shinto: Seeking the Divine in Nature Presented by: Supasari (Nokomis, FL) | Touring Roster Artist, Asian Dance & Theater by Supasari Shinto "the way of divine spirits" is Japan's indigenous faith and precedes the arrival of Buddhism in Japan.  Shinto is based on ancestor worship and belief in sacred power of both animate and inanimate beings in nature.  Its influence on Japanese arts, culture, traditions, values and beliefs is extensive.  Supasari, a native of Japan and accomplished performing artist and…

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Japanese Summer Festival

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - August 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

The Japanese Summer Festival is a Celebration of Traditional Cultural Arts.  It features exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that help foster a better understanding of the Japanese culture. FREE for Garden Members | Cost of Regular Garden Admission for Non-Members. Sponsored by Kikkoman, BMO Harris Bank & Nicor Gas.

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September 2017

Japanese Mini Camp

September 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Students will take an imaginary trip to Japan, where they will learn about Japanese culture and customs.  Activities include origami, designing a Kare San Sui (rock garden) and learning Bon Dance (traditional Japanese dance).  Japanese snacks will be provided.  This class is for students ages 7 and up.

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Strings on Sunday

September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Strings on Sunday is a mid-afternoon picnic series and a place for the community to gather to enjoy chamber-style music with a contemporary twist.  Performances include a mix of popular show tunes, pop music, bluegrass and classical selections.  It's a perfect way for family and friends to wind-down the weekend.

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Donation Day

September 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Donation Day is the third Thursday of each month.  Admission fees are waived thanks to the generous support from BMO Harris Bank.  In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to make donations to help maintain the Garden to world-class quality standards.

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Lecture Series

September 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Chabana & Zen Aesthetics Kimiko Gunji (Champaign, IL) | Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Gunji will give a brief history of Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) and will explain the characteristics and functions of tea flowers (chabana).  She will also demonstrate various styles of ikebana arrangements featuring chabana. FREE for Garden Members | $5 for Non-Members

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On Tap in the Garden

September 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Tap in the Garden is a craft beer tasting event featuring local and regional breweries.  Brewery representatives will be available to answer questions and provide samples.  Local vendors will have food avialable for purchase.  This event is rain or shine.   $25 for Garden Members | $30 for Non-Members  

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Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with Kimono Dressing Demonstration

September 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Tea Gatherings will feature a traditional Japanese tea ceremony hosted in Anderson Japanese Gardens' 16th century Sukiya style Guest House.  All events are led by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture and the former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Space is limited and registration is required. Sunday, September 24 9:30 AM | 12:30 PM Member: $20 | Non-Member: $35

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Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with Kimono Dressing Demonstration

September 24, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Tea Gatherings will feature a traditional Japanese tea ceremony hosted in Anderson Japanese Gardens' 16th century Sukiya style Guest House.  All events are led by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture and the former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Space is limited and registration is required. Sunday, September 24 9:30 AM | 12:30 PM Member: $20 | Non-Member: $35

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October 2017

Ikebana & Chanoyu

October 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging & Tea Ceremony Demonstration Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.  Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School located in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by the students of Joyce Kubose.  Space is limited and registration is required. $15 for Garden Members | $20 for Non-Members  

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Ikebana & Chanoyu

October 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging & Tea Ceremony Demonstration Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.  Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School located in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by the students of Joyce Kubose.  Space is limited and registration is required. $15 for Garden Members | $20 for Non-Members  

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Ikebana & Chanoyu

October 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging & Tea Ceremony Demonstration Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.  Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School located in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by the students of Joyce Kubose.  Space is limited and registration is required. $15 for Garden Members | $20 for Non-Members  

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Ikebana & Chanoyu

October 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging & Tea Ceremony Demonstration Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.  Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School located in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by the students of Joyce Kubose.  Space is limited and registration is required. $15 for Garden Members | $20 for Non-Members  

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Donation Day

October 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Donation Day is the third Thursday of each month.  Admission fees are waived thanks to the generous support from BMO Harris Bank.  In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to make donations to help maintain the Garden to world-class quality standards.

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Lecture Series

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aikido: The Art of Peace Stephen Toyoda (Chicago, IL) | President, Aikido Association of America Aikido is known as a Japanese martial art.  However, its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, intended for it to be used as a way to peacefully reconcile the world.  Aikido is a non-competitive art and looks at an enemy not to overpower and concur, but rather as a path to find harmony in a chaotic world.  ultimately, Aikido is a way to find true victory, victory over…

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Spook-Tacular Haunts

October 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a Hoo-rifically Spooky Halloween in the Gardens.  The Garden is partnering with Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehab and Education Center and Haunted Rockford for a Halloween event that will be fun for the whole family!  Children are invited to come dressed in costume and explore the Garden in a new and spooky way! FREE for Garden Members | Cost of Regular Garden Admission for Non-Members

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November 2017

Lecture Series

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Anderson Japanese Gardens in 2017: A Year in Review Tim Gruner (Rockford, IL) | Garden Curator & Head of Horticulture Join Tim has he discusses the "insider's view" of Anderson Japanese Gardens.  He will look back at the many factors that influenced the Garden over the last twelve months. and share the routine and not-so-routine, from winter to fall, weather patterns and their impact on the Garden.

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March 2018

Rikyuki-A Memorial Tea Gathering

March 24, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$20

Anderson Japanese Gardens Tea Study Group hosts a special tea gathering to honor the life of Sen Rikyu(1522-1591), the founder of the Sen family and one of the most influential and innovative Tea Masters in the history of Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea. Click here to register.

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April 2018

Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony & Bento Lunch

April 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$45

Join us for a hanami chakai, or traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony, with a bento lunch. Bento is a traditional Japanese lunch packaged artfully, designed to delight the stomach and the eye. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

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Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony

April 22, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
$25

Join us for a hanami chakai, or traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony, with a hands-on lesson focused on proper tea serving procedures and guest etiquette. Click here to register.

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Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony

April 22, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a hanami chakai, or traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony, with a hands-on lesson focused on proper tea serving procedures and guest etiquette. Click here to register.

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Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony

April 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a hanami chakai, or traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony, with a hands-on lesson focused on proper tea serving procedures and guest etiquette. Click here to register.

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May 2018

Essential Oils in the Garden

May 2, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on May 7, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on May 15, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on May 21, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on May 11, 2018 at 2:30pm

One event on May 25, 2018 at 2:00pm

$8

Classes will focus on emotional health, immune support, natural cleaning products and safe oil use. Classes are $8 each and include informational materials and a take home gift. Register online at gina@gingersunshine.com.

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Opening Celebration – Children’s Day

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

On Sunday, May 6th, the Garden is observing Children's Day, an annual holiday in Japan. Child-focused activities will be held throughout the Gardens from 10am to 3pm and are included in the price of admission.

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Mindful Mondays with Northern Illinois Hospice

May 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until May 21, 2018

During our time together, we will explore the importance of sadness, meditation for grief and loss, how we oftentimes run from feeling into panic, and encounter mindful strategies to recover from trauma, loss and change. These events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 815.398.0500 or email avitale@niha.org to register.

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Haiku: Planting the Seeds of a Writer

May 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on September 27, 2018 at 10:00am

$15

Join Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner, local literacy expert, on a tour of the Garden. Participants will walk through the Garden, stopping along the way to share and write about how the Garden touches the heart. Anyone who is tentative to commit pen to paper will see how easy it is to become a writer through this sensory experience. This class is intended for participants ages 18 and older.

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Tranquility Walk

May 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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One event on September 14, 2018 at 9:00am

$9

Discover the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature on the 1.5 hour silent walking/sitting/walking meditation. A “self guide” booklet will be given to each participant so that they may repeat the experience on their own at any time. Dress appropriately for whatever the weather brings, including insect protection. Registration is required, as the group size is limited.

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Lecture Series 2018

May 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on June 21, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on August 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on September 20, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Uncorked in the Garden

May 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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N’spired Yoga

May 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until September 27, 2018

$10

This class is a gentle practice designed to increase strength and flexibility throughout the body. Please bring water and a large towel or mat to class. Drop-ins are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary.

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Bat Nights in the Garden

May 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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One event on June 27, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on July 26, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on August 25, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on September 24, 2018 at 6:30pm

$12

Enjoy the music of night creatures in the garden under the full moon. We’ll eavesdrop on the bats that hunt over the Garden ponds while watching the sun set and the full moon rise. Using a “bat detector,” which lowers the pitch of bat calls, we will be able to hear the bats and learn the different patterns of each species’ calls. We’ll also listen for frogs and insects that sing at night. In the event of inclement weather, the…

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Peak Sports Club BODYFLOW

May 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

BODYFLOW is the yoga-based class that will improve your mind, your body and your life. Bend and stretch through a series of simple yoga moves and embrace elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. Breathing control is a part of all the exercises and instructors will provide options for those just getting started. Contact Peak Sports Club at 815.877.4401 for registration and more information.

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Tuesday Evening in the Garden

May 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

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Dancing in the Gardens 2018

May 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Last of the month, repeating until September 26, 2018

One event on October 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

$5

Dancing in the Gardens is a fusion dance event held outdoors in the Pavilion on the last Wednesday of the month, May through October, from 7:30-10:30PM. Each session is $5 and includes a dance lesson. Fusion dancing is a blend of different dance styles and music varieties - all levels of dance experience are welcome. This is a non-alcoholic event. Please park in the east overflow parking lot and dress for the outdoors.

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June 2018

Sumi-e Brushpainting

June 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 29, 2018

$20

##Sumi-e, the Japanese word for black ink painting, focuses on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush as it captures the essence of nature. National Watercolor Society Signature Instructor, Stella Dobbins, demonstrates a new painting from nature each week. Subjects will include flowers, fish, birds and landscape plants. Classes are held outdoors under the Anderson Japanese Gardens Pavilion. Youth class is held from 2:00PM - 4:00PM; adult class is held from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. A supply kit is…

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Garden Explorers

June 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Thursday, repeating until August 9, 2018

Story time and games appropriate for ages 3-5, but children of all ages are welcome. Thursday mornings, June 7 through August 9, 2018, under the Pavilion - WEEKLY SCHEDULE Free for Garden Members and children under 18 years of age; $5 for non-members

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Haiku for Kids

June 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$15
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Ikebana Workshops – Japanese Flower Arranging

June 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on July 5, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on August 9, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on September 13, 2018 at 10:30am

$60

Learn the practice of Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Classes are taught by regional Masters in the art of Ikebana. Students need to bring a 3″ kenzan (available in Anderson Japanese Gardens’ gift shop), a long baking dish and scissors. Price includes flowers used for Ikebana display. Participants will bring home their arrangements at the end of class.

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Young Rembrandts

June 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Friday, repeating until July 20, 2018

$67

Explore the culture and beauty of Asia and around the world in a six week drawing workshop. Young Rembrandts provides a fun and creative environment where children learn and improve drawing skills and art techniques, while expressing creativity in a positive environment. Registration is for the full six week session. This class is recommended for students ages 7-14. All materials are provided.

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Japanese Summer Camp

June 25, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until June 28, 2018

One event on July 16, 2018 at 8:30am

One event on July 17, 2018 at 8:30am

One event on July 18, 2018 at 8:30am

One event on July 19, 2018 at 8:30am

$85

Japanese Summer Camp is a four-day class that focuses on the culture, traditions and art that is unique to Japan. Children ages 7 and up will explore the Garden and receive an exclusive tour of Anderson Japanese Gardens’ 16th century-style Guest House. They will also learn about Japanese tea ceremony, pop culture such as anime and manga, traditional Japanese Bon Dance, dressing in kimono, origami and create their own bento box lunch.

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Etagami Picture Letters Workshop

June 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 6, 2018 at 9:00am

$100

Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of brush painted picture greetings which include calligraphy and a variety of subjects from nature. Subjects from nature such as fish, birds, bamboo, flowers and landscape will be demonstrated by National Watercolor Society Signature Instructor, Stella Dobbins. Access to the Gardens prior to the class is included in the class fee. One-half hour lunch is on your own. A Supply Kit ($25) is available by advance reservation with the Instructor.

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July 2018

Meditation on Peace

July 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
$9

This is a Kriya Yoga-based, indoor, 45 minute guided, sitting meditation focused on discovering inner peace. Please wear white socks and comfortable clothing for this meditation.

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Ikebana Workshops – Japanese Flower Arranging

July 26, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
$60

Learn the practice of Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Classes are taught by regional Masters in the art of Ikebana. Students need to bring a 3″ kenzan (available in Anderson Japanese Gardens’ gift shop), a long baking dish and scissors. Price includes flowers used for Ikebana display. Participants will bring home their arrangements at the end of class.

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Japanese Summer Festival

July 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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August 2018

Dry Garden Workshop

August 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is a dry garden workshop given by Chisato Takeuchi, the chief designer of Ryokuseien in Japan. Chisato will give a 20 min lecture and short demonstration with a small dry garden workshop to follow. This workshop is free. All materials provided will be paid for by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Space is limited to 25 participants and registration is required. Please register at https://bit.ly/2M79N8k.

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September 2018

Tsukimi – Moon Viewing Celebration

September 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji will perform a tea ceremony in the Pavilion in honor of the harvest moon. Then, attendees will have a bowl of tea and a tsukimi manjyu (special sweet for the moon-viewing) while we wait for the moon to rise.

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October 2018

Sitting Meditation on Expanding Love

October 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
$9

Led by Randy Zimmerman, this is a Kriya Yoga-based, indoor, 45 minute guided, sitting meditation focused on expanding love within yourself and throughout the world and the universe. Please wear white socks and comfortable clothing for this meditation.

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On Tap in the Garden

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Ikebana & Chanoyu

October 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am
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Spooktacular Haunts

October 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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December 2018

Music Academy Holiday Dinner

December 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on December 14, 2018 at 5:00pm

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