Chrysanthemum Show returns to CSULB Japanese Garden

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chrysanthemum-showThe Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will host its annual Chrysanthemum Show, but this year, it will be a two-day event set for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chrysanthemum blooms from the nationally juried Chrysanthemum Society of Orange County Show will be on display, and a wide variety of the flowers including cut and potted mums will be available for purchase throughout the two-day event.

In addition, the 2009 Chrysanthemum Show will feature an introduction to two other Japanese cultural activities that guests can participate in – a different activity each day.

On Saturday, October 31, the garden will present an introduction to the art of sumi-e, traditional Japanese ink painting, by professional sumi-e artist Tomoko Uehara. “Painting can be a daunting undertaking if attempted alone,” noted Alison Redfoot, assistant director for education at the Japanese Garden. “Under the gentle, step-by-step instruction of Mrs. Uehara, however, all guests will find the medium accessible and enjoyable.”

On Sunday, Nov. 1, guests can experience the art of tea ceremony presented by Madam Numano and the Urasenke School of Tea. Guests may enjoy viewing a formal tea ceremony performed in the Tea House or enjoy their own cup of powdered tea and traditional Japanese treat on the willow terrace in the open air.

“Visitors to the Japanese Garden frequently express their desire to experience the formal tea ceremony in our garden. On November 1st guests will have the opportunity to do so as well as meet Numano sensei; a well respected a nationally renowned tea master,” Redfoot said. “Nearly 30 years ago, when the Japanese Garden was dedicated, Mrs. Numano was one of the tea presenters. Today, she is an expert who has taught thousands of Southern Californians the way of tea.”

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on Earl Warren Drive, directly across from Lot 16 on the CSULB campus. No RSVP is required. Admission to the event is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for Japanese Garden members. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

For more information on the 2009 Chrysanthemum Show, call 562/985-8420 or visit www.csulb.edu/~jgarden.

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