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Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens


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318 Spring Creek Rd,

Rockford, IL


(815) 229-9390

Adults $11.00
Seniors (62+) $10.00
Students $9.00

Members & Children 5 and under are FREE

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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2021 Year of the Ox in the Japanese ZodiacThe Chinese zodiac calendar was introduced in Japan around the fourth century. There are twelve animal signs used as symbols for each year. This system is called "eto" or "junishi" in Japanese. 子 (Ne): Rat丑 (Ushi): Ox寅 (Tora): Tiger卯 (U): Rabbit辰 (Tatsu): Dragon巳 (Mi): Snake午 (Uma): Horse未 (Hitsuji): Sheep申 (Saru): Monkey酉 (Tori): Rooster戌 (Inu): Dog亥 (Inoshishi): Wild BoarMonday-Thursday | 10AM-3PM make your own Ox puppet in the Gardens.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Tsukasa Taiko

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis, is a distinctive native shrub with spherical pincushion blossoms. The fragrant blooms are attractive to a wide array of pollinators including butterflies. Buttonbush is easily grown in moist or wet soils, including areas that experience flooding, making it a good candidate for a rain garden. Buttonbush can help preserve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

When did modern taiko drumming begin?Surprisingly, not that long ago. Daihachi Oguchi, the founder of Osuwa Daiko, created the Kumi-Daiko style in 1951. He was a jazz drummer. One day, he was asked to interpret an old sheet of taiko music for the Osuwa Shrine, which was found in an old warehouse. The sheet music was written in an old Japanese notation and he couldn't understand it. He found an old man who had performed the tune. However, as a jazz player, the rhythm pattern of the tune was too simple for him to play. He wondered why nobody played taiko together. A marvelous idea came across his mind and made him decide to break through the tradition. Inspired by a western drum set, he formed a group in which each player beats a different taiko; in short, he gave the group a function as a drum set.

Friday, July 9, 2021

This Weekends Japanese Summer Festival Events!Tea CeremoniesSaturday July 10 & Sunday July 11Gazebo | 12pm & 11pmTea House | 11am & 12pm & 1pmGuest House | 11am & 12pm & 1pmTo register, click here.https://andersongardens.org/july-2021-tea-ceremonies/Taiko Drum WorkshopSunday July 111pm & 2pm & 3pmFor more information, click here.https://andersongardens.org/july-a-celebration-of-of.../

Thursday, July 8, 2021

According to the folktale, Orihime, a gifted weaver, and Hikoboshi, a hard-working cow herder, began to neglect their duties upon being wed. The couple incurred the wrath of the bride’s father Tentei, the emperor of heaven, and were exiled to separate ends of the Milky Way. They are granted a meeting each July 7 so long as they both diligently fulfill their celestial obligations during the other days of the year.According to legend, each July 7 the weaver star and cowherder star traverse the Milky Way to renew their ancient bond of love. In Japan, the lovers are celebrated with lively decorations and wishes written on long, narrow strips of colored paper. The traditional fare of the star festival is sōmen. The long, thin noodles evolved from a woven Chinese sweet known in Japanese as sakubei, whose intertwined strands were thought to resemble both the Milky Way and the weaving threads worked by Orihime.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Join us for an evening of live music and comradery at Tuesday Evening in the Gardens. This season advanced online ticket purchases are required and walk-in guests will be accepted based on availability. Get more information and tickets here: https://andersongardens.org/.../tuesday-evening-in-the.../

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Make a wish

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

It’s warm outside, but the band is hot Tuesday Evening Music in the Garden with Chicken Wire Empire

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Without a single nail or screw, miyadaiku (Japanese carpenter) join wood directly to wood — a method of joinery know as kanawatsugi (金輪継) — and in doing so, build some of the world’s longest-lasting wooden structures, just as they’ve done for centuries upon centuries.The ceiling of the gazebo at Anderson Japanese Gardens illustrates the true craftsmanship of the Japanese carpenter.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021