Anderson Japanese Gardens will host summer tea gatherings Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. Both dates will feature a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, hosted by Kimiko Gunji, professor emeritus of Japanese Traditional Arts & Culture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The gatherings will showcase a hands-on lesson focusing on proper tea-serving procedures and guest etiquette.
After guests arrive to the Visitor Center, they will enjoy a hot cup of genmaicha, roasted rice-flavored tea, in the beautiful setting overlooking the gardens. Guests will then be guided through the gardens to Anderson Japanese Gardens’ 16th-century Sukiya-style Guest House for the tea ceremony. Space is limited for all tea ceremony times, and reservations are required.
Following are the tea ceremony times:
Saturday, July 26 — Japanese Tea Ceremony with Tenshin (a light meal): 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; or 1:30-3 p.m. Cost is $45 per participant.
Sunday, July 27 — Japanese Tea Ceremony and Sweet Making: 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $45 per participant.
Gunji is professor emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture in the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the former director of Japan House at the University of Illinois.
Anderson Gardens is at 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 229-9390 or online at andersongardens.org.
From the July 23-29, 2014, issue