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Produced by the Anderson Gardens
Japanese Summer Festival
in Anderson Gardens
• The festival was expanded to a two-day event last year because of its popularity. The number of visitors increased to 1,500 last year, more than double from the previous year. This year, the festival was well attended, and some visitors drove from Ohio and Iowa. Although the first day of the festival was hit by downpours, the visitors toured the gardens and were fascinated by the fresh greens of trees and plants. Many of them were enraptured by the rusty elegance of a Japanese garden in the rain.
• In the opening ceremony, David Anderson welcomed the
visitors and introduced the guest speakers.
• Kazuo Shimizu, President of Kikkoman Foods and President of JCCC (Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry) expressed his appreciation for the gardens saying, “It can be difficult for those of us who must leave our homes in Japan for the overseas assignments. As Kikkoman brought its manufacturing to Walworth, Wisconsin, we are proud to have Anderson Gardens so close to us. It makes us quite at home.” He thanked David Anderson and his parents, John and Linda, for creating an incredible place of peace and tranquility.
• John Cabello, State Representative from Rockford, presented resolutions to commend the Andersons’ dedication to the community. Cabello said, “I thought that we should recognize the Anderson Gardens for a beautiful shining star as it is. This is a shining star not just here in Rockford, but shining star in the State and in the country. The Andersons’ community effort is about beyond us most.”
• The festival started with the performance of Seiran
Chiba’s calligraphy. She drew a huge kanji character “sky” on a six-foot-square
sheet of paper with the beat sound of taiko drumming by the Hoetsu Taiko.
• Tea ceremony was demonstrated by Professor Emeritus
Kimiko Gunji. She is President of Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Chapter
and former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
• Japanese artifacts, collected by John Anderson, were exhibited at the lower level of the Visitor Center in the gardens. Most paintings were from Edo period, including Mount Fuji painted by Hoin Kano (1753-1808), top official painter for Tokugawa shogunate and the 6th of the Kobikicho Kano family. Gorgeous kimono dresses including a pure wedding gown were also displayed.
• In a Shimpo’s interview, Consul General Yoshida said, “I’m very pleased that Mr. John Anderson made these great authentic landscapes and buildings, and we can say this is the Japanese culture. In some ways, I’m proud of myself for being Japanese
Candyman Terasawa entertains the visitors by his breathtaking tricks.
Deiran Chiba draws a kanji "sky" on a six-foot-square paper.
The Hoetsu Taiko
Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji demonstrates tea ceremony.
Sweets for a bowl of tea
Art collections by John Anderson
John Anderson smiles with an award presented by the General Assembly of Illinois.
Consul General Masaharu Yoshida
JCCC President Kazuo Shimizu
State Representative John Cabello