Listen to the music of live taiko drums and koto harp, enjoy a cup of tea, speak with an iris specialist, and stroll the beautiful grounds of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB on Sunday, May 7, during its Spring Festival: Art and Performance. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and also includes displays of exquisite handheld fans and the opportunity to learn Japanese art techniques.
The garden’s annual Spring Festival allows visitors to discover different aspects of Japanese culture. This year the focus will be on the folded fan, sensu, and the round or flat fan, uchiwa. Also discussed will be the significance and variety of noren, shop curtains, which display a wide array of Japanese textile techniques. Music will feature Kokoro Taiko of Long Beach playing taiko drums and Awaya Koto Conservatory playing koto harp, two of Japan’s most popular and traditional musical instruments. The Ikenobo Ikebana Club of Long Beach, also will be on hand with its displays of gorgeous flower arrangements which integrate noren, sensu, and uchiwa with flowers.
In addition, individuals can learn different ways to decorate fans using Japanese art forms including sumi ink, calligraphy, and suminagashi, paper marbling.
The Spring Festival is open to the general public without a reservation. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members and free for children 12 and under and CSULB students.
For more information, call the Japanese Garden at 562/985-8885.