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Malott Japanese Garden Spring Festival

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony.

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Festival

Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2018
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nichols Hall

New this year, the Urasenke Chicago Association will serve a traditional tea. The tasting is free, but availability is limited. 

Kids of all ages can make projects—construct a kimono-clad paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, design a hanging scroll, and more, at family-friendly, hands-on stations.


  • 10:30 a.m. Urasenke Chicago Association: Tea Ceremony
  • 11 a.m. – noon Traditional Tea Tasting (limited availability, first-come to tea ceremony will be first-served)
  • Noon – 2 p.m. Pam Martinez: Suminigashi (making marbled paper)
  • 1 p.m. Michael Gould: Shakuhachi Flute
  • 2 p.m. Chicago Koto Group: Koto Harp