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9-15-13 Portland JG - Family Festival

Started by tdg, August 31, 2013, 08:27:45 pm

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Five Festival Celebrations

photo: Gorazd Vihar
Traditionally, the first of the official Sekku of the New Year is Nanakusa-no-Sekku, the Feast of Seven Grasses. On this day, traditionally, a hot rice porridge is prepared including seven types of fresh green herbs (nana-kusa), including daikon radish and turnip greens, chickweed, and other wild greens thought to be good for health. Held primarily as a private family occasion in Japan, this observance is part of the extended celebration of O-Shogatsu, the Japanese New Year.Of the five festivals, O-Shogatsu was by far the most important day when families throughout the country return to their hometowns to greet the New Year together with hope for a new beginning to the next chapter in the cycle of life.
Experience All 2013 Festival Celebrations on One Day

As a part of our anniversary celebration this year, for the 2013 year only we will be celebrating all five festivals as a part of one exciting event titled Family Festival.
Family Festival: Celebrating 50 Years
Sunday, September 15
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pavilion/Ground/Tea House/Paved turnaround
The Garden's Family Festival: Celebrating 50 Years will feature activities, food, music and an introduction to the five traditional Japanese Cultural Festivals traditionally presented at the Portland Japanese Garden over the course of a year. The Family Festival is a unique opportunity to experience a showcase of all five of these festivals on one day.
Activities have been designed with families in mind and will include: origami in the Pavilion Gallery; a tea tasting in the Kashintei Tea House where children will have the chance to try on a cotton yukata kimono; a newly created family activity map; taiko drumming and workshops presented by Takohachi; a book signing with Betty Reynolds, author of the popular children's book "Japanese Celebrations," and a yatai (food stall) where food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

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