Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony April 26

Staff Report

Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens will offer a rare opportunity to participate in a hanami chakai, a traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony, Saturday, April 26. The demonstration will take place in Anderson Japanese Gardens’ 16th-century Sukiya style Guest House. Anderson Gardens is at 318 Spring Creek Road.

Guests will gather in the Visitor Center, where they will enjoy a hot cup of genmaicha, roasted rice-flavored tea, in the beautiful setting overlooking the gardens. Following a short introduction, guests will be guided through the spring landscape to the Guest House, where Professor Kimiko Gunji, the ceremony host, will demonstrate the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, featuring a cup of green tea accompanied with a special Japanese sweet.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, participants are encouraged to explore the Guest House. Guests are then invited to explore the garden as they return to the Visitor Center. Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony times are 10:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m., and 2-3 p.m.

Cost to participate is $25 per person. Reservations are required. Space is limited to 15 participants for each time. For reservations or details, contact Katie Weston at (815) 316-3306 or at kweston@andersongardens.org.

From the April 2-8, 2014 issue

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