Japan House’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
The performance at Krannert Center on Saturday, September 8th will begin at 2:00 pm. The celebration will feature Japanese musicians and performers, including five musicians from the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music in Japan specializing in traditional koto and shamisen playing; Michiyoshi Sato, a prominent Japanese player of the tsugaru jamisen; Ho Etsu Taiko, a Japanese drumming group from Chicago; and obon odori, a Japanese folk dance performed during Obon festivals in Japan. The event will also include a tea ceremony by representatives of the Urasenke School of Tea in Kyoto, a parade of models in kimono dressed by head teacher, Toshie Kasada of the Hakubi Kimono School in Tokyo, and a large-scale calligraphy executed by Japanese calligrapher Seiran Chiba.
Dinner and Fundraiser
An elegant dinner and fundraiser titled “East Meets Midwest” will be held that same evening, Saturday, September 8th at 7:00 pm. The dinner will feature a top female chef from Japan, Chef Suzuko Enomoto, who will be collaborating with noted local female chefs from Champaign-Urbana, Whitney Ackermann and Raquel Ritz. This dynamic trio will create five carefully crafted courses to be paired with either wine or sake. The dinner will be held within the Arboretum in a tent overlooking the ponds and Japan House, and will include a variety of speakers and performers highlighting the best moments of the past twenty years. This should be a most spectacular meal and memorable evening celebrating the next twenty years of Japan House!
Tickets are $275 per person for general public, or $250 per person forTomonokai members.
Tables of 8 are available at the price of $2000 and includes (one 1.8L Sake bottle for the table; Japan House 20th Anniversary Commemorative Tea by Republic of Tea for each guest; Japan House 20th Anniversary Commemorative can of beer by Triptych Beer for each guest; and a coupon for participation in a tea ceremony at Japan House for each guest).
Call 217-244-9934 for more information or to make a reservation.
The 4th annual Matsuri Festival will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 2:00 - 9:00 pm, in and around Japan House and the Arboretum. Matsuri, a family-friendly event, will feature martial arts demonstrations and musical performances, local craft vendors, Asian-inspired food, children’s activities, as well as the crowd favorite Masaji Terasawa, the Candyman, a Japanese street performer whose amezaiku creations are truly ephemeral art pieces. Because of the 20th anniversary, our Matsuri will be an expanded version of years past. This year, we will feature specialty beers from Triptych Brewing and sake from Maverick wines! We will top off the weekend’s activities with performances by internationally known Japanese all-female rock bands the 5, 6, 7, 8’s and Shonen Knife and then culminating the evening with fireworks.
Admission to Matsuri and all performances are FREE! Tickets for food, drinks and activities are budget-friendly, and for the first time, are available online for pick-up prior to the event. To purchase pre-event packages of Matsuri t-shirts and tickets, please see below.