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Anderson Japanese Gardens
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318 Spring Creek Rd,

Rockford, IL

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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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Upcoming Events

N'Spired Yoga

N'Spired Yoga

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 9:00 AM - 7 @ 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 10

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 10

Tuesday, Aug 10 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Garden Explorers Storytime with Rockford Public Library

Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Guided Sound Meditation

Guided Sound Meditation

Thursday, Aug 12 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rain Chain Class with ArtbyKarla

Rain Chain Class with ArtbyKarla

Sunday, Aug 15 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 17

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 17

Tuesday, Aug 17 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

August Lecture - Becoming an Earthling

August Lecture - Becoming an Earthling

Thursday, Aug 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 24

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 24

Tuesday, Aug 24 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

N'Spired Yoga

N'Spired Yoga

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 9:00 AM - 7 @ 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peak BodyFlow

Peak BodyFlow

Tuesday, Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 31

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens - August 31

Tuesday, Aug 31 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Shibori Dyeing and Furoshiki Wrapping with ArtbyKarla

Shibori Dyeing and Furoshiki Wrapping with ArtbyKarla

Tuesday, Sep 14 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

September Lecture: Toyoaki Shamisen

September Lecture: Toyoaki Shamisen

Thursday, Sep 16 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Pure Light Yoga

Pure Light Yoga

Monday, Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Sumi-e Brushpainting

Wednesday, Jun 2 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Mindful Art Series: Making Art in Nature

Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Amanda Stivers Yoga

Monday, Aug 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Amanda Stivers Gentle Chair Yoga

Monday, May 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Gong Bath

Gong Bath

Thursday, Jun 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Sound Bath

Sound Bath

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Take 茸

Take 茸

Tuesday, Oct 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Virtual

November Lecture: 2021 Season in Review

November Lecture: 2021 Season in Review

Thursday, Nov 18 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Recent Posts

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