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Japanese Ambience Festival

A salute to Shizuoka, Japan, and the Japanese culture
Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2017

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. 

2017 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
 (schedule is subject to change)



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 the botanically inspired artwork by Impact Nebraska Artists
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 
• See examples of Japanese currency 
• Samurai helmet making • Traditional games & toys 
• Fishing game • Scavenger hunt • Chopstick target shooting 
• Selfie opportunity in front of Mt. Fuji

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. to 4 p.m. Café open, great hall
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 by Yoshie Mizuno and Tomoko Shepherd
visitor and education center
11 a.m. Hinodedojo martial arts demonstration, festival garden lawn
11:30 a.m. Presentation on Japanese pop culture, children's classroom
Noon to 1 p.m. Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) with Mark Wiesman, floral display hall
12:30 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushifestival garden lawn
1 to 2 p.m. Traditional Koto Music by Yoshie Mizuno and Tomoko Shepherd
visitor and education center
1 p.m. Presentation on traditional Japanese fashion, adult classroom
2 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushifestival garden lawn
2 p.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
2 p.m. Guided walking tour, meet at the festival garden
2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) with Mark Wiesman, floral display hall
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. Judo Judy martial arts demonstration, festival garden lawn
3:30 p.m. Kokyo Taiko Drummers, great hall

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES (schedule is subject to change)
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 the botanically inspired artwork by Impact Nebraska Artists 
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
• See examples of Japanese currency
• Samurai helmet making • Traditional games & toys
• Fishing game • Scavenger hunt • Chopstick target shooting
• Selfie opportunity in front of Mt. Fuji

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. to 4 p.m. Café open, great hall
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 by Yoshie Mizuno and Tomoko Shpherd
visitor and education center
11:30 a.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushifestival garden lawn
Noon Presentation on Japanese pop culture, children's classroom
12:30 p.m. Presentation on traditional Japanese fashion, adult classroom
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) with Mark Wiesman, floral display hall
1 to 3 p.m Omaha Herb Society, herb garden
1 p.m. Kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstration, Sunpu Castle Gate
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. Guided walking tour, meet at the festival garden
3 p.m. UNO dancers perform Soran bushifestival garden lawn
3:30 p.m. Kokyo Taiko Drummers, great hall

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

 



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