This Summer at Japan House!
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This Summer at Japan House!
Our last event of the academic year was Gallery Week and it was a smashing success. We had almost 1,000 people come through over the course of the week, including many new graduates as well as our new University President, Timothy Killeen and his wife, Roberta Johnson. We were delighted to welcome teach and every one of our visitors!

We will continue our schedule of tea ceremonies throughout June before taking a break until the beginning of the 2015-1016 academic year. Summer is a time when things quiet down at Japan House so that we may busy ourselves preparing for the upcoming year. Don't forget that the gardens are open dawn to dusk, and watch for news of our End of Summer Matsuri or Japanese festival, to be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015! In the meantime we have a few summer updates for you.
Tea Ceremony Tickets Now Online at

We have had many requests from people wishing to reserve tea ceremony tickets online. We are pleased to announce that is now possible---no more waiting for a free moment in your busy day to call us. Just go to our Eventbrite page and you will see listings of all our upcoming tea ceremonies and other ticketed events. You can make your reservation there, change your reservation from one day to another, or just check on how many available tickets there are for a day you are interested in. You will find a link on the left side of our facebook page, as well as on our entries on the University of Illinois calendar. Of course you can still call if you need more information or have any questions, or if there are any glitches with this new system. We are here for you at (217) 244-9934! 
Ground is Broken for the Kimiko Gunji Bridge!

At long last ground has been broken for the bridge honoring our previous director, Kimiko Gunji! Thank you to the Republic of Tea and everybody who donated to the Kimiko Gunji Legacy Fund to make this happen. By the end of the summer you will be able to stand on the bridge and look across the pond to Japan House. We are so grateful to everyone, particularly Jim Bier, and all our friends at the University Arboretum, F & S, Capital Planning, and those throughout the campus that have gotten us to this point. We'll be planning a special celebration when it is complete---this will be an meaningful addition to the Japan House Gardens and the University of Illinois Arboretum.


Japan House is profoundly grateful to these sponsors who help make our programming possible.