Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Descanso Gardens Japanese Garden Festival

This weekend stop by Descanso  Gardens to celebrate Japanese arts, crafts and culture with a weekend of activities for the whole family. The Gardens, from the Courtyard to the Japanese Garden, will be decorated with displays of ikebana, the traditional form of Japanese flower arranging. Activities are free with admission, unless noted.

Friday: Sushi-Sake tasting event presented by Patina Restaurant Group. Enjoy the flavors of Japan and sample delectable sushi prepared by Chef Travis Kamiyami paired with amazing sake. $75 per person. Reservations required: (818) 790-3663. In the Courtyard.

The taiko drummers will perform at noon both Saturday and Sunday in the Under the Oaks Theater.

Saturday: Yami Yamauchi will create origami on a grand scale at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Using an 8-foot square of paper, he will demonstrate the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami lessons will be offered from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday in the Minka. Yami will teach young and old to create beautiful folded paper flowers.

Sunday: witness a Japanese tea ceremony in the Minka. The ceremony will be performed at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Seating is limited. Order early – this popular event will sell out. Tickets, priced at $10.00.

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