Demonstrations and workshops are conducted by invited/renowned experts in traditional Japanese crafts such as calligraphy, origami and Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) during our Sakura Matsuri festival.
Japanese calligraphy shares its roots with Chinese calligraphy and many of its principles and techniques are very similar. It is most often written with ink (sumi) on mulberry paper (washi) and it recognizes the same basic writing styles.
From ori meaning “folding” and kami meaning "paper"; kami changed to gami due to rendaku and is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.
Ikebana - (living flowers) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō (the "way of flowers").
a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. The word "kimono", which literally means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"). Kimonos are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back.
Bonsai - from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings, is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers.
A Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.As part of the activities undertaken The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre has become the home of The Cowra Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai.