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Tanabata: Celebrate the Japanese Star Festival at Kew Gardens

2 August — 10:30 am - 3 August — 4:30 pm

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Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 August 2017 10.30am – 4.30pm

Bamboo Garden and Minka House
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 3AB

Standard Kew admission charge

No booking required – just turn up on the day!

Tanabata is a Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. In collaboration with Kew Gardens, the Embassy of Japan and Japan House London, Japan Society welcomes all visitors to once again celebrate Tanabata with us and to enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this ancient summer event.

Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy and write your wishes on colourful tanzaku (wish strips) during our all-day workshops. You can also learn how to make the best origami, follow the Tanabata Treasure Trail and discover the fascinating story of Tanabata through kamishibai (Japanese storyboard theatre) performances by A Thousand Cranes theatre company. During the day, Joji Hirota’s exciting London Taiko Drummers will perform in the bamboo gardens and other locations at Kew – come along and follow the rhythmical sound of the drums to find them!

We are also delighted to present an installation of the Open Weave Tea Room by Japanese architect Shinichiro Hashiguchi as part of the Tanabata event. Fine twisted strings used in making fusuma (sliding doors) create an enchanting space which demonstrates the delicate craft of the loom, refined and perfected over the years. Visitors will also be able to observe a tea ceremony, performed by Akemi Kamimura of Waso Japan., and learn more about the project from Shinichiro Hashiguchi. We are grateful to Canton Tea Co, which has kindly supplied tea for tastings to accompany the tea ceremony.

Don’t miss out on taking part in the Tanabata story!

Tanabata events include:

Event Times (provisional)
Tanabata Story Trail All day (drop-in)
Origami workshops All day (drop-in)
Calligraphy workshops All day (drop-in)
Try on a yukata • 11.00-12.30;
• 14.00-16.00
Bamboo tour • 11.00;
• 14.00
Tanabata kamishibai storytelling • 12.00-12.30;
• 13.00-13.30;
• 15.00-15.30
Tea ceremony + tea tasting • 11.30-12.00;
• 12.30-13.00;
• 15.00-15.30;
• 16.00-16.30
Tea room lectures by Shinichiro Hashiguchi • 12.00-12.30;
• 15.30-16.00
Joji Hirota and the London Taiko Drummers
(Locations and times of taiko performances
may change – please check on arrival)
• 11.00 -11.15 (Victoria Gate)
• 13.00 -13.15 (Palm House)
• 13.30 Procession to Minka
• 14.30 -14.50 (Minka House)
• 15.30 -15.45 (Japanese Gateway)

 

For further information, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

Co-organised by:

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2 August @ 10:30 am
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3 August @ 4:30 pm
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