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Anderson Gardens Celebrates a New Season and Children’s Day


In the pleasant air, the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford celebrated the start of a new season and Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) on May 6. Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday, which takes place annually on May 5, to honor children’s personalities and celebrate their healthy growth.

In the celebration, many kinds of activities were offered.
Under the roof of Pavilion, calligraphy experience was offered by Sachiyo Koester. Candy sushi making was also offered.

Kathy Crum and her friend came to the calligraphy table to put some strokes on paper. She said that she was looking for a visiting place from Schaumburg and found the Anderson Gardens through internet. She came from Midlothian, south of Dallas in Texas and said that her first priority was finding Japanese gardens anywhere she traveled.

She has visited many Japanese gardens in the world. Recently she has visited gardens in Portland, Pennsylvania, and Fort Worth in Texas. “If there is a garden, we usually try, go, and see it,” she said. She also said that she liked Japanese gardens because of their simplicity, tranquility, and extraordinary horticulture.

At the sukiya style tea house and gazebo next to the West Fall, a bowl of matcha (ceremonial green tea) was served to the visitors by the students of Professor Kimiko Gunji. Japanese traditional games such as otedama and kendama were offered near the guest house. The visitors tried and enjoyed Japanese traditional games with laughter.

At the West Waterfall deck, children and their parents enjoyed painting and making Carp Flag by their own hands. The carp flag is a symbol of Children’s Day. Families in Japan raise carp flags to wish the children’s health and growth.

At the Floating Deck on the west pond, karuta game was offered to children to learn about Japanese numbers and some simple words.

Noh Mask making and Kimono Coloring were offered at the Quiet Areas for Conversation. Many children were enjoying walking with their own Noh Masks around the gardens.

This year, Summer Festival will be held on July 28.

The Anderson Japanese Gardens
Hours through October 31:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission Rates:
Adults $9.50
Seniors (62+) $8.50
Children: $7.50
Children 5 Y.O. & Under Free
More Information is available at http://www.andersongardens.org.