PLEASE NOTE: This event has already occurred.
“Arigatou no Kokoro”
Sunday, October 17
11am – 4pm
The Fall Open House this year is unlike past Open House events.
First, this one will not be inside the house, but instead, outside enjoying the beauty of autumn in the Arboretum. Next, they will be offering both an online, and in-person (limited, ticketed) event featuring the vibrant culture here at the University of Illinois, as well as the Urbana-Champaign community. And last, this Open House will be an opportunity to reveal the next exciting chapter, the official announcement of the Japan House Ogura-Sato Annex by the University of Illinois, and Day of Giving in support of the expansion.
Starting at 12pm, they have cultivated four individual hours of entertainment featuring a selection of martial arts, cultural arts, dance and Japanese tea ceremonies. Each hour is unique and will feature different groups from the area. Starting each hour, a short presentation will highlight the best of Japan House, Past, Present and Future, and then go live with several activities all happening at once.
Online guests are encouraged to keep their streaming device on all afternoon to see the variety of performances and highlights going on at Japan House. Guests can watch the day’s events on their website, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube Live channels.
For local guests that want to adventure out to see what’s happening in-person, there are a limited number of tickets available for a $5 donation online (Eventbrite) for each hour. For the safety and respect of others, guests are encouraged to only be here during their “hour” and wear face coverings while in the park.
Bowls of matcha and wagashi (sweet) as well commemorative t-shirts featuring original art by Japanese artist ZENKYU will be available for in person guests (pre-ordering is encouraged – prices are higher on day of event).