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Japanese Ambience Festival

A salute to Shizuoka, Japan, and the Japanese culture
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019

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. 

2019 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES (PLEASE NOTE: schedule is subject to change)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ikebana display by Ikebana International Omaha #60
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 the botanically inspired artwork by Fiber Works, a group of Nebraska fiber artists
Origami artist’s booth by Linda Stephen, Origami Artist, featuring original origami art for purchase
• Find out about Japan Hall of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, an organization that preserves the history and     legacy of Japanese Americans in Nebraska.
• Stroll through the fall chrysanthemum show
•  Visit the Japanese Park area to view structures gifted by our sister city of Shizuoka, Japan: The    Sunpu Castle Gate replica, Sunpu Chaya, and antique Japanese lantern collection. Climb to the top    of the stairs of our Mt. Fuji replica for a better view of garden property.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun activities presented by the Omaha Sister Cities Association

• Calligraphy • OrigamiSamurai helmet making • Koinobori kites Yukata dress-up • Fishing game • Chopstick game • Taste of Japan • Traditional games & toys • Mt. Fuji selfie
festival garden patio and lawn

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Activities
Japanese lantern • koi fish kite • Japanese fan
children’s classroom

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50-minute narrated tram tours (Members $3, Non-members $5)
timed tickets available at the front desk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Café open | great hall

10:30 a.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstrationSunpu Chaya 

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Traditional Koto Music by Emiko Unno and Tomoko Shepherd | visitor and education center

11 a.m. Origami and washi workshop | conservatory gallery

11 a.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstrationSunpu Castle Gate

11 a.m. Hinodedojo martial arts demonstrationfestival garden lawn

12:30 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushifestival garden lawn

1 p.m. The teas of Shizuoka with Tim Smith of the TeaSmith, Omaha conservatory gallery

1 p.m. Presentation on Japanese fashion | great hall north

1:30 p.m. Presentation on tourism in Japan | great hall north

2 p.m. Kokyo Taiko Drummers | great hall

2:30 p.m. Bonsai "Tree Talk" demonstration | bonsai display area

2:30 p.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration | Sunpu Chaya 

2:30 p.m. Otagei dance performance | great hall north

3 p.m.
Traditional Japanese folk dance with Omaha Japanese School dancersfestival garden lawn

3 p.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration | Sunpu Castle Gate



SUNDAY ACTIVITIES (schedule is subject to change)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ikebana display by Ikebana International Omaha #60
Hinamatsuri (Japanese Imperial Court 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 the botanically inspired artwork by Fiber Works, a group of Nebraska fiber artists
Origami artist’s booth by Linda Stephen, Origami Artist, featuring original origami art for purchase
• Find out about Japan Hall of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, an organization that preserves the history and legacy of Japanese Americans in Nebraska.
Stroll through the fall chrysanthemum show
Visit the Japanese Park area to view structures gifted by our sister city of Shizuoka, Japan: The Sunpu Castle Gate replica, Sunpu Chaya, and antique Japanese lantern collection. Climb to the top of the stairs of our Mt. Fuji replica for a better view of garden property.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun activities presented by the Omaha Sister Cities Association

• Calligraphy • OrigamiSamurai helmet making • Koinobori kites Yukata dress-up • Fishing game • Chopstick game • Taste of Japan • Traditional games & toys • Mt. Fuji selfie
festival garden patio and lawn

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Activities
children’s classroom

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50-minute narrated tram tours (Members $3, Non-members $5)
timed tickets available at the front desk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Café open | great hall

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Café open | great hall

10:30 a.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration | Sunpu Chaya

11 a.m.
   Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration | Sunpu Castle Gate

11 a.m. Origami and washi workshop | conservatory gallery

12:30 a.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushi | festival garden lawn

1 p.m. Omaha Kendo and Iaido Kyoukai martial arts demonstrations | festival garden north

1 p.m. The teas of Shizuoka with Tim Smith of the TeaSmith, Omaha | conservatory gallery

1 p.m. Presentation on Japanese fashion | great hall north

1:30 p.m. Presentation on tourism in Japan | great hall north

2 p.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration | Sunpu Castle Gate

2:30 p.m. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration | Sunpu Chaya

2:30 p.m. Bonsai "Tree Talk" demonstration | bonsai display area

3 p.m. Otagei dance performance | great hall north

3:30 p.m. Kokyo Taiko Drummers | great hall north

For more information about these events, or to inquire about participating, please contact Jennifer Evans at j.evans@omahabotanicalgardens.org.

 



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