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Cherry Blossom Festival Sunday April 2, 2023

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1:00 Ikebana – The Japanese art form of flower arranging is subtle and expressive, but not simple. In this workshop you will learn about the history (over 600 years old!) and different types of ikebana. Led by Adrianne Kahn, who has studied Ikebana Sogetsu School since 2005 and is a member of the Dallas Sogetsu, Dallas Ikebana International and Fort Worth Ikebana International, and has attended both of the last two North American Regional Conferences. Ms. Khan lead you as you make your own live ikebana floral arrangement to take home.
Fee – $25, includes ikebana arrangement
Max participants: 15Sign Up

1:00 Yukata – Japan’s summertime kimono, is worn on casual occasions such as festivals and onsen. Learn about the differences in kimono and yukata as well as how to wear yukata from licensed kimono dresser, founder of New York Kimono Academy, and Kyoto native, Masae Satouchi. If you would like to attend the class and have your own Yukata, obi and Koshimo.
Fee – $40 with Rental, $20 if you bring your own. Per Person
Max participants: 10Sign Up

2:00 Manga – What is Manga? The term is used to refer to Japanese comics and cartooning. Learn about Manga and its place in Japanese history and pop culture. Dr. Kae Hashimoto Reed will lead this free seminar.
Fee – Free
Max Participants: 30 – Sign Up

3:00  The Zen of Cherry Blossoms – The Hot Springs Buddhist society presents a lecture discussing the relationship between the cherry blossom and Buddhist practice. Participants will receive a singing bowl and instructed on how to use the bowl to bring them back to the present moment as a means of easing the suffering we experience in our daily lives.
Fee – $25, includes sound bowl
Max Participants: 15Sign Up

4:00  Hanamochi – ‘Hana’ means flower and ‘mochi’ means rice cake. In the colder regions of Japan began a tradition of making their own “flowers” with branches and mochi as there was too much snow on the ground to grow flowers. Come make your own hanamochi to take home and enjoy. This workshop is led by Dr. Kae Reed. This workshop is for all ages. However, children under the age of 12 must have an adult in attendance.
Fee – $15, includes hanamochi creation
Max participants: 15Sign Up

The Art of Sake – Learn about the history, culture and craft of brewing fine sake and, for participants who are over 21 one years of age, have the opportunity to be one of the first to taste sake crafted in Hot Springs, Arkansas at Origami Sake! Led by sake professionals with decades of experience in the drinks industry, Ben Bell, Origami Sake’s Vice President and Justin Potts, Origami’s Director of Brewing Relations educate about sake and Hot Springs’s role in making Arkansas the “Napa Valley of the sake industry.”
Fee – $25 per person
Tasting times: Limit ten persons per time slot
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Pre Festival Workshop – March 31, 2023 from: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Mokuhanga Workshop

Sign up for this Mokuhanga printmaking opportunity with artist David Warren to be held on March 31 beginning at 10am and continuing until approximately 2pm. Mokuhanga is the Japanese water based woodblock printmaking technique. Participants use traditional printing tools, and create a multi-color Mokuhanga print. David studied the traditional Japanese printmaking technique of Mokuhanga in Japan and will be sharing this experience in this workshop hosted by National Park Community College and sponsored by the Hot Springs Sister City Program.

Participants will learn how to create Cherry Blossom prints during the workshop. The resulting prints will be displayed as a group installation during the Cherry Blossom Festival on April 2, 12:30-5:30 at Bank OKZ Arena in the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The class size is limited to 10 people with a fee of $25 per person. Participants should be 16 years of age or older. All materials and tools will be supplied thanks to Aitoh Specialty Paper Company.David Warren is an artist living in Little Rock, Arkansas. His studio focus is sustainable printmaking. David earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned his MFA in Printmaking from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. David completed an artist residency in Japan in the spring of 2016. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Japan, the Arkansas Arts Center Delta Exhibit, Delta National Small Prints at Arkansas State University, the Arkansas Arts Council Small Works on Paper, Deep South Print Exhibition at the Hammond Arts Center in Hammond, Louisiana, and the Rosenzwieg Biennial Exhibit at the Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Fee – $25,  includes all materials
Max participants: 10Sign Up