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Make a Paper Samurai Helmet or Miniature Carp Kite at the Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival

Explore traditional Japanese celebrations for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18

Adriana Reyneri
(847) 835-6829, direct

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GLENCOE, Ill. (April 9, 2014)The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival provides a weekend of special activities, performances and demonstrations focusing on traditional celebrations for the young. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at the McGinley Pavilion. Admission is free, though parking fees apply to nonmembers.

Hands-on projects include kimono paper dolls, miniature carp kites known as koinobori and paper samurai helmets known as kabuto. Visitors of all ages can also try raking miniature dry gardens, practicing with chopsticks and learning calligraphy.

Enjoy views of the Gardens of the Great Basins from the McGinley Pavilion, or stroll to the Malott Japanese Garden, situated on three islands filled with symbolic landscaping and hardscaping elements. The curving paths of the Japanese Garden gradually disclose perfect views of lakes, grassy hills, woods and gardens beyond, while a dry garden on the island of Keiunto represents water. Volunteers will be present from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, to help interpret the Japanese Garden and answer questions about the Shoin House, an example of a samurai warrior retreat built in Japan and reassembled at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The schedule of demonstrations and performances includes:

  • 10:30 a.m.—Tea ceremony
  • 11:30 a.m.—Shakuhachi flute
  • 12:30 p.m. —Traditional storytelling
  •   1:30 p.m.— Koto harp

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Beautiful examples of bonsai—miniature trees artistically shaped to promote contemplation of nature—will be on display at the Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Show & Sale, held concurrently with the Children’s Festival. For more information go to:



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