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Creative Japanese Holiday Decorations (Kokedama & Shimenawa)

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Creative Japanese Holiday Decorations (Kokedama & Shimenawa)


Welcome to Japanese Holiday Decorations Workshops
on Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Part 1: Kokedama (Moss ball) 10 - 11:30 am
Part 2: Shimenawa (Wreath) 1 - 2 pm
Kadomatsu demonstration (Open to public) Free: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Kokedama (Moss ball) Workshop :10 - 11:30 am
$45 General / $40 Member
What is a Kokedama? The name comes from “koke” meaning moss and “dama” meaning ball. It is a form of Japanese garden art that is centuries old and a unique and beautiful way to display plants and flowers for the New Year!
The moss sphere is the focal point of the display, supported by decorative plants and ornaments. For the Japanese, this time of the year (December), the concept of “purifying” is very important which includes cleaning the home or office, settling old debts, encouraging blessing and also welcoming and celebrating a fresh New Year.
This workshop will help you understand the Japanese tradition for welcoming in the New Year and meaning behind all of the exquisite Japanese materials we use for decoration.
It will include a complete kit with all decorative materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction to bring good luck to your home.

Simenawa (Wreath) Workshop: 1 pm - 2 pm
$35 General / $30 Member

A shimenawa is a sacred straw decorative festoon in the Shinto style. Its origins are from ancient Japanese mythology when the Sun Goddess - Amaterasu - was removed from the Cave of Heaven, then subsequently prevented to return there by a rope across the Cave's entrance. This symbolizes a sanctuary against future bad events. During New Years, Japanese make wishes and prayers for luck to the Shimenawa.
This workshop, includes all materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction.

(Please join us to see FREE Kadomatsu demonstration by our curator, Ben Schrepf from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
A kadomatsu (literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes. For the Japanese, this time of the year means purification rituals, such as cleaning one's home and office, settling old debts, encouraging blessings, and also to welcome ancestral spirits or kami (Sprits of nature) of the harvest.

COMBO (Kokedama & Shimenawa) WORKSHOP
​Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fee: General $70/Member $65 ( Garden Admission included )
​We are hosting two workshops. One is Kokedama and other is Shimanawa.
Order COMBO with discount price!
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