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Chicago Botanic Garden Holds Japanese Garden Festival

The Chiago Botanic Gardens traditionally holds Japanese garden festivals three times a year in March, May and August. This year the March event will be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 2012. The Saturday event, "Resilience: Lessons from Japan" starting at 4 P.M., is a tribute created to remember the devastating tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disaster Japan experienced a year ago. It honors the resilience of the Japanese people. Dance, taiko drumming and garden-inspired lectures are presented by five Japanese Americans.

On Sunday, in commemoration of the cherry trees donated by Japan to Washington, DC 100 years ago, the Japanese government is again donating trees to select locations in the US, the Garden being one of them. The tree planting ceremony will be held at approximately 1:30 P.M. Guests will be gathering at 1:15 P.M. The event is hosted by Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura, Consul General of Japan in Chicago. This will be followed by a koto performance, folk tales and suminagashi (an art form using a special paint in water and applying paper to the resulting designs.)