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People Enjoy 2018 Summer Festival in Anderson Gardens

• The Anderson Gardens in Rockford held the seventh Japanese Summer Festival on July 28. With a shining blue sky, the visitors enjoyed many event offered in the gardens.

• David Anderson welcomed the visitors and said that summer festival wouldn’t be held without help from sponsors. He also thanked the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago, Japan America Society of Chicago, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Chicago, and other organizations and performers for coming to the festival.

• The Anderson Gardens was hard hit by heavy rains repeatedly this spring and early summer. Rubble and sand flowed into the gardens, and paths in the gardens were buried by them. The gardens were already cleaned to welcome the visitors, but much work still remained. If you want to make donations, please visit

• Summer Festival began with taiko drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko, and calligrapher from Fukushima, Seiran Chiba, drew huge kanji characters on a vertical sheet. She explained that the meaning of the characters was “glory.”
• Candyman Masaji Terasawa entertained the visitors with his amazing candy making and tricks. At the event pavilion, Bujinkan Dojo, Aikido martial arts, and Shurikenjitu were demonstrated. Chicago Koto group played beautiful Japanese music, and Awa Odori crews danced Awa Odori dances.

• Tea ceremony and tea service were held at the guest house and gazebo near the west fall, tanabata card making and teru-teru-bozu doll making delighted children in a square under the fall. The Midwest Cosplay group also entertained the visitors.

• Inside the visitor Center, Ikebara exhibit, samurai warrior costumes, origami making, calligraphy by Seiran Chiba, and sumi-e brushing painting were offered. Kimono dresses and vintage Japanese collectibles were sold.

• At the gardens, a variety of food was offered such as hearth-baked pizza, Thai cuisine, spring rolls and more. The members of Project Love All sold cup of ice shavings to help recovery in Tohoku.

• David Anderson said that the gardens had to make the festival one day only this year, but he wanted to hold two-day festival again and wanted people to enjoy the festival.

The visitors walk around the Anderson Gardens.

Candyman's performance

Aikido demonstration

Awa odori dance team "Miko Ren"

Chicago Koto Group