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Nikka Yuko garden opens season

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The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens opens their season this weekend with a  variety of events.
 Beginning today at 11 a.m. Pastor George Takashima will be speaking about the experience of Japanese Canadians re-located by the Government to internment camps around Lethbridge.
 It will be followed by numerous children’s day activities from 1-3 p.m. including origami, making samurai hats and lanterns. After that, at 3 p.m., there will be a sumie demonstration, which is a type of traditional  Japanese  brush and ink painting focusing on landscapes and scenes which goes back a thousand years. It is not the same as calligraphy, an artistic representation of written characters, which patrons will  be able to see at 4 p.m. with Reverend Izumi. In between that, there will be a Bonseki demonstration at  3:30 p.m. Bonseki is the ancient  Japanese  art of creating  miniature landscapes on black lacquer using white sand, pebbles and rocks.
The Nikka Yuko Garden is celebrating Mother’s Day with several events as well. All mothers  will receive a complimentary Chrysanthemum plant. from 11-2 p.m. including fan making.
 A tea ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. and the day winds up at 3 p.m. with an ikebana demonstration, which is the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement.
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