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Cherry Blossom Celebration
March 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 26

A celebration of the Morris Arboretum’s rich Japanese culture and heritage. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org for more information.

March 28 Archery Demonstration; 11 a.m; centuries ago in Japan, archery was regarded as the highest discipline of the Samurai warrior. Today archery has evolved into Kyudo. Physical strength is not a factor. Emilio Gravagno (below) prepares to release a bow during his Kyudo demonstration.

Japanese Garden Elements Tour; 1 p.m.; this tour highlights the Japanese influence on many areas at the Arboretum, featuring the Hill Garden, the Rock Garden in the Fernery and the Overlook Garden. Also, April 4, at 2 p.m.

Traditional Japanese Tea Demonstration; 2:30 p.m.; the simple yet elegant ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony. The ceremony will incorporate “Sado,” which is the traditional etiquette of preparing and drinking tea when entertaining guests.

April 4 Origami for Kids; demonstration, 11 a.m. and noon; Discover how an ordinary piece of paper can be transformed into the extraordinary. This visually exciting program weaves together storytelling, music and art done by Origami Master and award-winning author Barbra Pearl.

Swarthmore Taiko Drummers; 1 p.m.; this unique group will perform traditional and traditionally based new works in Japanese style drumming. Always a favorite of the Arboretum, the audience will also be invited to experience playing the drums at the end of the program.

April 6 Visit by the Tokyo Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen; 10 a.m.; the public is invited as the newly crowned Tokyo, Japan Cherry Blossom Queen takes a tour of the Morris Arboretum.


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