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Friday, 02 October 2009

A report on the visit to the Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) in Cowra on the weekend of the 26-27th September 2009.

The promise of bonsai demonstrations by Tony Bebb was a good excuse to visit Cowra’s Japanese Garden on the last weekend of their Cherry Blossum Festival.

While the weather wasn’t as kind as it could have been  (possibly slightly warmer than Canberra that weekend) we still braved the bitingly cold wind to participate in the activities at the garden.

There were cultural and martial arts performances from local and international artists, many interactive craft and educational sessions combined with Japanese foods and sake (and local wine) tastings. On the martial art side we viewed Tai Chi, Karate, Samurais, Aikido and Sumos demonstrations (the latter looked very cold stripped to their “nappy” costumes).

Cultural activities included Shakuhachi, Japanese drums and Shamisen performances, with the drums being our favourite.

There were plenty of activities for the kids with Origami, kite making and flying (took some skill in that wind) some of the obvious favourites.

The Orange Bonsai Club organised Tony Bebb to do some free demonstrations on the Saturday, a beginners class in the morning and an advanced class in the afternoon. The latter demonstration allowed Tony to do some design work on several trees that were to be placed in the Bonsai Collection in the Bonsai House at the Japanese Garden.

As always Tony provided a lively and informative commentary on what he was doing which ultimately led to some carving, one of Tony’s favourite activities.

The Cowra Japanese Garden first opened in 1979 and was designed as a scrolling garden by Ken Nakajima, a world renowned Japanese garden architect.

The garden covers 14 acres and is designed to represent the entire landscape of Japan. It is the largest Japanese garden in the southern hemisphere and is maintained by 3 full-time gardeners, an apprentice and several part-time staff. It has some 126 species of plants displayed and catalogued for your edification.

It is beautifully laid out and maintained.cowra_japanese_garden16.jpg

Please consider a visit to the Sakura Matasuri next year, but the garden is well worth the visit any time. It is only 2 and a bit hours from Canberra.

A gallery of images from the festival at the Japanese garden is available in the Gallery section of the website. Click here to visit the gallery.


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