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Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named the highest quality Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12 acre award winning landscape is comprised of exquisite design, winding paths, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th century traditional architecture are found throughout. Anderson Japanese Gardens also provides a breathtaking setting for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. Whether your ceremony is an intimate gathering or a large celebration, the Gardens provide several extraordinary ceremony settings that are fitting for your occasion. Anderson Japanese Gardens offers a variety of culturally enriching events and educational opportunities.

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Moss is an integral component of a Japanese Garden. Learn about its history, cultural significance, and why it’s important for the environment.https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/b02350/japan%E2%80%99s-emerald-carpets-the-cultural-importance-and-environmental-promise-of-moss.html

Friday, July 31, 2020

Good morning!! Miss Jessica from Discovery Center Museum joins us this morning to read “The Little Raindrop.”Notice the little drops of water falling into the shi shi odoshi next to her. You may even hear it make a “plop!” as the water spills out to the puddle in the rock below.https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=890317854790406&ref=watch_permalink

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Last week we posted the conceptual drawing of the Main Gate and its landscape by AJG designer, Hoichi Kurisu. Fifteen years ago this past April the area of the Main Gate looked like this first image, from a position south east of the Tea House. The original plantings were all removed to make way for the Gate and its landscape.Before the Gate could be built, the steel retention wall along the Spring Creek needed to be dressed up a bit. Looking north from the Giboshi Bridge.With AJG’s designer Hoichi Kurisu guiding the project, the final image shows the nearly completed wall. The steel wall was cut off and used as a base to build the boulder wall upon.Next week we will share more photos of the Main Gate construction which was led by Master Woodworker, Masahiro Hamada from Tokyo, Japan.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.- J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

More of our favorites from Japanese Summer Festival!Tanabata is a celebration which occurs every year in Japan. People of all ages making a wish, writing it on colorful strips of paper (tanzaku) and tying them to a bamboo tree.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Traditionally, during the last weekend in July, Anderson Japanese Gardens celebrates a two-day Japanese Summer Festival. Sadly, this has not been a “traditional” season for us, and we feel it especially strongly when we miss a special event such as this.So while the Gardens will not echo this weekend with the beats of the Taiko drummers, the traditional Japanese music and dancing, and the laughter of families, we share a memory of a past Summer Festival and look forward to seeing everyone again on the last weekend in July, 2021.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Looks like we weren't the only ones watching the new koi being released into the pond!Welcome back, Blue Heron.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Good morning! Bo Chaney, author of “Adventures of Rob and Rocky’” and Recruiter for Rockford Fire Department is here to read his book to us!https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=311362653390731&ref=watch_permalink

Thursday, July 23, 2020

It has been 15 years since construction began on the Main Gate at Anderson Japanese Gardens. This sketch, by AJG’s designer and builder, Master Garden Craftsman Hoichi Kurisu, served as the initial plan for construction.Over the next few weeks we will share images of the Gate’s construction, by Master Woodworker Masahiro Hamada and his team, and the concurrent construction of the landscape by Kurisu sensei, his assistants, and the AJG garden crew.It was an remarkable project to be a part of, and we are fortunate to have such an important piece of work here at the Garden. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Have you found both of the Pagodas in the Garden? It's pretty easy to spot this 7 layer Pagoda along the path in our Pond Strolling Garden.Have you seen it's larger counterpart? How many layers did you count?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020