Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne Indiana is back, and this ever growing festival promises to offer even more entertainment and activities! This Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the largest in the Midwest, and is the largest in the tri-state region of Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. From cosplay to kimono the festival crowd typically enjoys dressing for this occasion!
Date: May 17th, 2020 Official Site: https://www.cherryblossomfw.com/ Admission: FREE Address: 900 Library Plz, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 Activities & Entertainment: Taiko, cosplay contest, tea ceremony, shopping, bonsai display, and more!
Scattered throughout much of America are a handful of Japanese Gardens that will whisk you away into a world if finely cultivated landscapes and botanical displays. Though located outside of Japan, many of these gardens were expertly create by Japanese artists from many different disciplines: bamboo fence making, stone carding, bridge building, bonsai cultivate, and even techniques on displaying rocks.
One of the better known gardens is the Portland Japanese Garden, located in Oregon. This award winning garden has a rich culture, and workshop program line up, with much to offer to members and the public alike. In the early spring of 2019 we were fortunate enough to visit these gardens, and captured a number of photos to share with you. If you happen to be in the Portland, Oregon area we highly recommend making time to visit this world class garden.
For nearly 50 years, the Milwaukee Bonsai Society has held an Annual Exhibit. In 2020 the 50th annual exhibit, Mid-America Bonsai Alliance Convention heads back to Milwaukee to help celebrate! This MABA convention will be the third hosted by the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and we expect the best.
For nearly 30 years Mid-America Bonsai Alliance has gathered bonsai artists, bonsai enthusiest, and delegates together to build stronger networks and more vibrant bonsai communities. What started as a small group of about 10 people in 1989 has now grown to more than 19 clubs. Join in this celebration of Bonsai.
If you happen to be in the Chicago area this weekend, you are in luck! Chicago Japanese Matsuri 2019 is taking place at the Newcity Plaza, and admission is free to the public! This family friendly festival offers a rich selection of traditional Japanese culture, shopping, food, and entertainment. So put on your authentic Japanese kimono and head to the festival!
Japan House at the University of Illinois offers a wonderful and selection of classes and special interest events throughout the year. Many of these classes are worth highlighting and offer budget friendly options for artists.
December 11 – Japanese Tea Ceremony (space limited RSP required) November 16 – A Look at Japan House from the Inside (free public tour) November 3 – Zen Studies with Professor Shozo Sato: Sumi-e (Black Ink Painting) October 22 – Wagashi Workshop with Kimiko Gunji September 24 – Wagashi Workshop with Kimiko Gunji September 21 – A Look at Japan House from the Inside (free public tour) September 18 – Japanese Tea Ceremony (space limited RSP required)