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      Japan House Fall Open House Tea Ceremonies in Urbana

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      October 19, 2019

      Saturday  11:00 AM

      2000 South Lincoln Avenue
      Urbana, Illinois 61802

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      Japan House Fall Open House Tea Ceremonies

      Please visit Japan House as we celebrate the arrival of the fall season with our annual Fall Open House featuring traditonal Japanese tea ceremonies, a Fashion Show, and a pop-up shop! Guests are encouraged to visit Japan House anytime from 11am to 5pm to see the facility, walk the gardens, to watch or participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and to view a collection of international tea ceremony objects, as well as Ikebana arrangements from our students enrolled in ARTD 299 Ikebana: Hana and Kokoro. Japan House is honored to welcome Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs owners Cheri Santellano and Teri Noto as featured guest lecturers for the annual Fall Open House. Sisters Cheri and Teri travel the United States and Japan on a mission to bring traditional Japanese clothing to as many parts of the USA as possible. Though they don’t get to sleep much, they do get to handle the world’s finest textiles on an everyday basis. They have a 3,000 square foot warehouse and showroom in Schaumburg, IL, full of kimono, obi, Japanese street fashion, books (both antique and modern) about Japanese art and fashion, and an authentic Edo-period samurai armor set they have affectionately nicknamed “Fred.” Together, they sell over 10,000 vintage kimono + obi sets throughout America each year, and have teamed up with ACDC Rag, a premier fashion brand out of Harajuku, to bring even more Japanese fashion to the States. As if they don’t already have enough to do as the largest importer of vintage kimono to the United States, they have also begun designing and producing their own line of kimono accessories and other items utilizing a combination of ukiyo-e prints and Cheri’s original designs. These kimono sisters are thrilled and honored to be featured guest lecturers for Japan House's Open House 2019. As a previous student of Shozo Sato, Cheri is particularly thrilled that the next step in their journey is to present their passions and love of Japan in the very place her sensei founded. Their journey to this point has been long and winding, full of many unusual twists and turns; but each "happy accident" along the way has helped bring them closer to their goal of engaging America in meaningful and transformative cultural exchange with Japan through kimono. The FREE PRESENTATION will begin at 1pm, and will feature Japan House Interns in a fashion show. Tangerine Mountain will be hosting a pop-up shop right outside the back door of Japan House from 11am - 5pm. Cash and credit card accepted. Tickets are not required for this free presentation, however, seating is very limited. (For more information about Tangerine Mountain, please visit and like/follow them on Facebook and Instagram to receive updates on their acquisitions and appearance schedule.) Traditional Japanese tea ceremonies will be offered for $12 throughout the day at 11:15am, 12:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm and 4:30pm. Ticket includes a bowl of matcha tea and Japanese sweet, called wagashi, which will be made using the recipes from our new wagashi cookbook, "The Art of Wagashi", written by Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji. A very special tea ceremony will be happening at 3:00pm and 3:45pm in the yojohan, or 4.5 mat room, the most intimate and authentic tea room at Japan House. Space is limited to 4. A special wagashi will be served. NOTE: guests must be able to get into the room by way of nijiriguchi, otherwise known as the wiggle-in or crawl-in entrance (approximately 25" square). Please arrive early enough so we can get started right on time. You will be asked to remove your shoes (or use shoe covers) when you enter Japan House. Please dress appropriately, legs are covered traditionally in Japan. We request that all individuals planning to participate in tea to please bring and wear socks (white socks are preferred). Questions? Please call us at 217-244-9934, or email The presentation and entrance into the Fall Open House are FREE and open to all. Reservations are not required. However, tickets are required to attend a tea ceremony. A limited number of tickets will be pre-sold online, and the remainder will be sold at Japan House that day. Space is limited and specific locations cannot be guaranteed. Arrive early for best selection. FAQs Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, if space allows, you may transfer your registration to a different event.    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You do not have to bring your ticket. We will just need your name.   The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? The purchaser of the ticket can go to "My Tickets" and change the name to whomever will be attending.   What is the refund policy? Your registration is refundable if you contact us at 217-244-9934 24 hours before the date of your reservation.    Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? The tea ceremony is for all ages. Children are welcome as long as they are able to sit quietly throughout the ceremony. Admission is required for all regardless of whether they partake in the tea and sweet.   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact us with any questions at 217-244-9934 or   What is Tomonokai? How can I support Japan House? Tomonokai are "Friends of Japan House". The Tomonokai program was established in 1998 with a goal of supporting Japan House programming and events and promoting an understanding of Japanese Arts and Culture. This tax deductible membership entitles you to special member benefits including discounts on events and merchandise, and vouchers for private tea ceremonies. Japan House is non-profit and fully relies upon the generosity and kindness of supporters to continue to provide our campus and community vibrant programming that is immersive, engaging, and most importantly, that celebrates diversity! Consider becoming Tomonokai, or Friend of Japan House, or support by clicking here.   What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Japan House is located in the Arboretum at the University of Illinois on Lincoln Avenue between Kirby/Florida and Windsor Road. There are parking spaces in the lot to the north of Japan House (F-31 at St. Mary's Road and Lincoln) and to the south of Japan House (F-32 on Lincoln across from the Vet Med complex). On weekends the south lot is free. The front door is located on the north side of the building.  

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