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Japanese Tea Ceremony Sept. 11 at Anderson Gardens

September 8, 2011

Online Staff Report

Anderson Japanese Gardens will present a rare opportunity for a limited number of guests to participate in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chanoyu, to be held Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Garden in the 16th-century style Guest House.

Chanoyu is a traditional ceremony in which green tea is thoughtfully prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting.

This event will be hosted by Professor Kimiko Gunji, professor emeritus of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture and the former director of Japan House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As technology continually advances, human beings are so enraptured by its power and capability; however, through this captivation, they often succumb to surrendering the very element that makes them human: the use of their five senses,” Gunji said. “My concentration is to impart to those whom I encounter through my teachings and my art, the significance of becoming a fine human being through the vitalization of the senses and the natural manifestation of one’s kokoro.”

The Japanese word, kokoro, can be translated into “mind, spirit and heart.” Gunji will narrate as the Tea Ceremony unfolds to help guests better understand the subtle nuances of Chanoyu.

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony times are: 10:30-11:10 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; 1:30-2:10 p.m.; and 2:30-3:10 p.m.

The cost to participate is $25 per person and includes admission to Anderson Japanese Gardens. Reservations are required. Space is limited to 15 participants for each of the Tea Ceremony times. For reservations or for more information about the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, contact Julie Pastore at (815) 229-9390, ext. 10, or jpastore@AndersonGardens.org.

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