Information and scheduled locations on the exhibits available below for the 2016 Japan Festival.

Japanese Landscape Exhibit — Koji Morimoto

All day outside on the south side of the Carlsen Center.

Japanese gardening makes artistic use of stones, sand, artificial hills, ponds and flowing water, in addition to plant material to create a peaceful expression of nature on a small scale. Mr. Morimoto is the owner of Japanese Landscaping of Kansas City and does an extensive amount of Japanese garden work in the Greater Kansas City area including design, installation, maintenance and trimming/pruning of plant material in the traditional Japanese garden style.

Ikebana Exhibit by the Sogetsu School

Learn about the Japanese art of flower arranging (Ikebana) from masters Mrs. Colom and Mrs. Looney of the Sogetsu School and their students.

This exhibit of the beautiful art of Ikebana will give everyone an opportunity to see both traditional and contemporary styles of this distinctively Japanese art form. Members and students of the Sogetsu School will be on hand at the exhibit to answer questions and explain the techniques used so that attendees can better appreciate this increasingly popular style of flower arranging.


Bonsai & Suiseki Display by the Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City

The Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City has been in existence since 1968 and was formed to promote the interest and appreciation of the art of bonsai through education, training, information and exhibitions. We are privileged to have the Society provide an exhibition of a wide variety of bonsai styles and plant material for our Festival again this year. Society members will be at the exhibit to answer questions and demonstrate how plants are pruned, shaped, trained and wired.

All day in the second floor lobby of the Carlsen Center.

Torii Gate Entryway to the Festival

The large Torii Gate that leads all visitors into the GKC Japan Festival is a depiction/large model of one of the most famous Torii Gates in all of Japan. The Torii gate at the Festival is approximately 14 feet tall and the top crossbar is about 16 feet long.

This famous Torii gate is found in the bay at the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture. The shrine dates back to the 6th century. The huge Torii gate has existed since 1168 although the current gate dates back to 1875. The gate is about 16 meters (53 feet) high and was built in a four-legged (yotsu-ashi) style to provide stability. The gate appears to float in the water.

A “Torii” gate is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a “Shinto” shrine. It has two upright supports and two crossbars at the top and is usually painted vermilion (a orange/red color). Some Torii have tablets with writing mounted between the crossbars.

There are two flowering cherry trees, one on each side of the Torii.

All day in the first floor lobby of the Carlsen Center.