Japanese flower arranging, Tea Ceremony set for Oct. 29-30

Staff Report

Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens will host its annual Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) exhibition and demonstration and a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) Oct. 29-30.

The event, which will be in Anderson Japanese Gardens’ Visitor Center Gallery, will be guided by Professor Ikka Nakashima of Chicago. Nakashima Sensei was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by his Majesty the Emperor of Japan in recognition of her decades of work as a Cultural Ambassador of Japan.

Nakashima Sensei has been teaching Ikebana and Chanoyu at the highest level for more than 60 years. She has the highest credentials in the Ikenobo School of Ikebana and is also certified as a Master of the modern Ohara School of flower arrangement. She has been recognized by the Urasenke School in Kyoto, Japan, with its most prestigious honor: Honorable Professor of Urasenke Tea.

Reservations are required. Space is limited to 60 guests per demonstration. The cost is $15 per guest. Demonstration times are 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29; and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30.

For reservations, contact Julie Pastore, special events coordinator, at (815) 229-9390, ext. 10, or via e-mail at jpastore@AndersonGardens.org.

Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named the highest-quality Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12-acre, award-winning landscape is composed of exquisite design, winding paths, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully-trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th-century traditional architecture are found throughout. Visit www.AndersonGardens.org for more details.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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