Festival will celebrate Japanese culture

June 15, 2016 by  

The Japanese Summer Festival is taking place next month over two days.

This celebration of the Asian’s country’s culture is set to feature many activities that should appeal to the entire family.

One of the major activities will be the Japanese tea ceremony, which comes with an extra participation fee. There will be performances by artists of all kinds, including the Ho Etsu Taiko Drum group, the Candyman, and Awi-Odori dance. Other activities will include a Koi Whisperer demonstration, a display of falconry, and an exhibition of Bujinkan, which is a martial art. Visitors will also get to view demonstrations of origami paper folding and Raku pottery.

For the kids, the festival will have a Japanese doll collection display and the chance to play Fukuwari, which is a holiday game.

This annual festival attracts visitors from all over the area, including Loves Park, who are interested in Japanese culture. To spread the word, organizers may invest in flyers from local print companies.

The Japanese Summer Festival will be held at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford from July 30 to 31 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children aged six and over; members of the Gardens are admitted free of charge. To learn more about this cultural festival, call 815-229-9390.

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