Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Japenese Garden Festival at Shaws Garden

The end of summer and looking for something to do?
Since the mid 70's Shaws Garden has been hosting the Japenese Garden Festival.
An event that offers a lot of opportunities to learn about Japan's culture, art, food and the music. Also you can watch Sumo wrestling, Judo, Karate, and even Zen meditation.
Maybe you've seen Bonsai trees, minature trees and plants that are specially pruned to limit how big they become.
It's a great place for the children too. Offering lots of activities including calligraphy, top spinning, and traditional Japanese games of kendama, otedama, menkom, and fuki-warai.
You can participate in the creation of various Japanese crafts in an ongoing workshop offered by several crafters including Origami, hari-eh (Chigiri-eh, torn pictures), paper crafts, pottery, kimekomi dolls, kumihimo, tamari, shibori, ikat, and more.
One of our favorite places to visit is Seiwa-en, the “Garden of pure, clear harmony and peace.” One of the largest traditional Japanese gardens in North America, Seiwa-en covers 14 acres, including a 4-acre lake. Modeled on the chisen kaiyu-shiki, or “wet strolling garden,” a style developed by wealthy landowners of the late Edo period in 19th century Japan, Seiwa-en incorporates many principles of Japanese aesthetics drawn from Zen Buddhism, such as suggestion, naturalness, and asymmetry.
You can take a tour. Tours begin every half hour near the boat-shaped basin at the north entrance to the Japanese Garden, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The festival is held over Labor Day weekend. Saturday–Sunday, August 30, 31. 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Grounds open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks.
Monday (Labor Day), September 1 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Costs are very reasonable, Admission (ages 13–64) $10 Seniors (ages 65+) $7 Children (ages 3–12) $3 Garden members, $3 (free for members' children 3–12)
Plan on arriving early before the crowds arrive. Located just North of Tower Grove Park.

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