Tatton Park festival will celebrate all things Japanese

Tatton Park Japanese Garden

Submitted by Kyriane Miller

On Saturday August 14th in the gardens of Tatton Park there will be a one day festival to celebrate all things Japanese.

The event marks the Japanese Embassy’s Japan-UK cultural season and brings the sights, sounds and art of Japan to Cheshire.

The event is organized by JSNW (Japanese Society Northwest) in collaboration with JETAA (Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association) Northwest and will welcome visitors from the Embassy of Japan.

In addition to enjoying the Tatton Park summer gardens, you can attend a traditional Japanese festival with live performances by a koto (Japanese harp) musician, shodo (calligraphy), ikebana (arrangement) floral) and kimono tying (traditional garment).

Kids and adults alike with crafts can try their hand at origami (the art of folding paper), making wind chimes, and tying wishes to a Tanabata wish tree.

This charming event takes place on the lawn near the most beautiful Japanese garden in Europe and the promenade of newly planted cherry trees.

This plantation of more than forty young cherry blossoms is part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project celebrating more than 150 years of Anglo-Japanese cooperation and is carefully maintained under the watchful eye of the head gardener, Simon Tetlow.

Simon said, “We have worked hard to develop this magical corner of our garden with the planting of the Cherry Blossom promenade in March and then the completion of the lower fence around the perimeter of the Japanese garden, which has
created a wonderful view from the lawns.

“The project was completed in May with funding from the Tatton Park Charitable Trust and hardworking members of the Japanese Garden Society, who tied an incredible 6,500 knots by hand to erect the bamboo edging!

Throughout the afternoon, visitors can book special guided tours of the Japanese Garden to understand the history and symbolism of each ornamental and horticultural element.

The inspiration and construction of the garden in 1910 can also be discovered in a fascinating new exhibit from Mansion, “Japanese Garden: The Legacy of Alan de Tatton”.

Tickets can be booked here.


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