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Japanese Ambience Festival

A salute to Shizuoka, Japan, and the Japanese culture
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For an entire weekend, the garden grounds are alive with merriment as guests celebrate the joys of autumn and experience the Japanese culture first-hand. Most activities are free with garden admission or membership. 

The Omaha Sister Cities Association helps host the Autumn and Japanese Ambience Festival, with a variety of activities to celebrate the Japanese culture. Japanese Ambience also celebrates the anniversary of the gift of the Japanese Sunpu Castle Gate at Lauritzen Gardens by Shizuoka, Japan, Omaha's first Sister City. Enjoy activities like Japanese calligraphy, koinobori, origami, chop sticks, traditional Japanese games, food tastings and more. Performances will include martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming and traditional Japanese music and dance. Paid activities will help fund the construction of phases II and III of the future Japanese garden at Lauritzen Gardens. 

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES (schedule is subject to change)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Café open, 
great hall

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Ikebana display by Ikebana International Omaha #60
• Hinamatsuri (Japanese dolls) display
• Bonsai display by the Nebraska Bonsai Society
• Join the Omaha GO! Association to learn about GO!, a board game
of skill and strategy that is hugely popular in Japan.
• See Michael Flecky’s current art exhibit, In The Presence of Trees.
visitor and education center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. View the Japanese-inspired fall chrysanthemum show
floral display hall

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun activities presented by the Omaha Sister Cities Association
festival garden patio and lawn
• Calligraphy • Origami • Taste of Japan • Koinobori kites 
• Samurai helmet making • Traditional Games & Toys

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts for all ages at the Lauritzen Gardens education tents
lower festival garden lawn
• Coloring station • Make-and-take activities

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn some garden-related Japanese words
look for signs posted throughout the garden

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50-minute narrated tram tours ($3 per person)
10 a.m. Guided walking tour, meet at the festival garden
10:30 a.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, Sunpu Chaya 
11 a.m. Bonsai Seminar by Nebraska Bonsai Society, adult classroom
11 a.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
11 a.m. to Noon Traditional Koto Music, visitor and education center
11 a.m. Hinodedojo martial arts demonstration, festival garden lawn
12:30 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushi, festival garden lawn
1 to 2 p.m. Traditional Koto Music, visitor and education center
1 p.m. Presentation on traditional Japanese fashion, adult classroom
1 p.m. Omaha Kendo & Laido Kyokai martial arts demonstration, festival garden
2 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushi, festival garden lawn
2 p.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
2 p.m Ikebana tutorial for children by Ikebana International Omaha #60, adult classroom
2 p.m. Guided walking tour, meet at the festival garden
2:30 p.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, Sunpu Chaya 
2:30 p.m. Omaha Japanese School dancers/traditional Japanese Folk dance, festival garden lawn
3 p.m. Warrior martial arts demonstration, festival garden lawn
3:30 p.m. Kokyo Taiko Drummers, festival garden patio

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES (schedule is subject to change)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Café open, great hall

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Ikebana display by Ikebana International Omaha #60
• Hinamatsuri (Japanese dolls) display
• Bonsai display by the Nebraska Bonsai Society
• Join the Omaha GO! Association to learn about GO!, a board game
of skill and strategy that is hugely popular in Japan.
• See Michael Flecky’s current art exhibit, In The Presence of Trees.
visitor and education center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. View the Japanese-inspired fall chrysanthemum show
floral display hall

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun activities presented by the Omaha Sister Cities Association
festival garden patio and lawn
• Calligraphy  • Origami  • Taste of Japan • Koinobori kites • Traditional Games & Toys
• Samurai helmet making

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts for all ages at the Lauritzen Gardens education tents
lower festival garden lawn
• Coloring station • Make-and-take activities

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn some garden-related Japanese words
look for signs posted throughout the garden

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50-minute narrated tram tours ($3 per person)
timed tickets available at the front desk

10 a.m. Guided walking tour, meet at the festival garden
10:30 a.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, 
Sunpu Chaya
11 a.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
11 a.m. Bonsai Seminar by Nebraska Bonsai Society, adult classroom
11 a.m. to noon Traditional Koto Music, visitor and education center
11:30 a.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushi, festival garden lawn
Noon to 3 p.m. Meet Michael Flecky, the artist behind In The Presence of Trees, foyer
12:30 p.m. Presentation on traditional Japanese fashion, adult classroom
12:30 p.m. Judo Judy martial arts demonstration, festival garden
1 p.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
1:30 p.m. Warrior martial arts demonstration, festival garden lawn
1:30 p.m. Omaha Kendo & Iaido Kyokai martial arts demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
2 p.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, Sunpu Chaya 
2 p.m Short presentation on the fascinating history of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) by Ikebana International Omaha #60, adult classroom
2 p.m. Guided walking tour, meet at the festival garden
3 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushi, festival garden lawn
3:30 p.m. Kokyo Taiko Drummers, festival garden patio
For more information about these events, or to inquire about participating, please contact Jennifer Evans at j.evans@omahabotanicalgardens.org.

 



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