Flower arranging, tea ceremonies at Anderson Gardens Oct. 26

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Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, will host its annual flower arranging (Ikebana) exhibit and demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27.

Each flower arranging session will include a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) demonstration. The sessions are hosted by students of Professor Ikka Nakashima of Chicago and will take place in the Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days.

Nakashima Sensei has been teaching Ikebana and Chanouyu at the highest level for more than 60 years. She received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by his Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, in recognition for her decades of service acting as a Cultural Ambassador of Japan. Nakashima Sensei has also received the highest credentials in the Kenobo School of Ikebana and is recognized by the Urasanke School in Kyoto, Japan, with its most prestigious honor — Honorable Professor of Urasenke Tea.

Space is limited for each demonstration. The participation fee is $12 for Anderson Gardens members and $15 for non-members. For reservations and additional information, contact Katie Weston by phone at (815) 316-3306 or by e-mail at kweston@andersongardens.org. Learn more about Anderson Gardens at www.AndersonGardens.org.

Posted Oct. 23, 2013

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