Japan House director to speak at Anderson Japanese Gardens July 17

Staff Report

Anderson Japanese Gardens welcomes Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, director of Japan House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for her lecture, “Japan House: Sharing Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture in the Midwest,” Thursday, July 17. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Japanese Gardens Visitor Center.

Through visiting artists, cultural courses, workshops and community outreach programs, Japan House builds bridges and generates connections that unite humanity in its collective purpose. Gunji-Ballsrud will expand on the mission of Japan House as a place to provide an academic, cultural and natural setting for promoting an appreciation of Japanese culture and related Asian cultural concepts.

Gunji-Ballsrud is an associate professor and the program chairman of the graphic design program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Art and Design. Additionally, she focuses on the practice and philosophy of the Japanese Way of Tea as a method of design education.

Gunji-Ballsrud has been studying the Urasenke Way of Tea since 1990 and has taught beginning-level tea to students as a member of the Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai, Inc., for the past 12 years. She is the full-time director of Japan House.

All Anderson Gardens lectures are free to garden members and $5 for non-members. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Sara Henderson at (815) 316-3307 or shenderson@andersongardens.org. Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

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