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Japanese Garden Festival

Wonderful event of all things Japanese

left to right…… Junya, Professor Fukuhara and Ai giving a talk on the garden and its construction…….all decked out in their beautiful Japanese kimono…… a big change from their gardening gear.

 

Rita…. in Calligraphy….written very kindly for me by Akemi Lucas…….in all 3 Japanese alphabets.

 

Kiyoka showing her cartoons….she also has a beautiful singing voice which she shared with us several times over the weekend…..even translating Annie Laurie into Japanese…..magical.

 

Ikebana …..the general word for flower arrangement in Japan. Offering many styles and schools, the oldest, the Ikenobo school was founded in the 15th century by a Buddhist monk in Kyoto
Ikabana ladies
Ikabana workshop

 

Kyudo archers
Kyudo archer watched by Taiko drummer
Cindi instructing how to hold the bow
Beautiful Bonsai trees

 

Kimono up for auction……lucky me got 2.

 

Kensaki  warrior by the millstone lantern

 

Looking through the Acer…….to a vision of peace and tranquility.

 

Professor Masao Fukuhara……from Osaka University, Japan…..who was appointed to restore the garden.

 

 

The peaceful mind achieved by walking solo round the garden ( even the drizzle doesn’t take it  away)

 

Beautiful Kimono and Obi

 

Dijiro…..part of the Japanese team….here for a few weeks to continue the restoration and design of the garden.

 

No Entry  (signified by rope tied on stone)

 

Junya and Dijiro showed us how to make a Bamboo fence…..beautifully…..of course.

 

the art of Kensaki lai

 

Exciting stuff from the Taiko drummers
getting louder
and louder……!!!

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