Onigiri, also known as omusubi or rice balls, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (uneboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu (edible kelp) or any other salty or sour cooked vegetable.
The tea ceremony will be hosted in Anderson Japanese Gardens’ 16th century Sukiya style Guest House.
To follow proper Tea Ceremony etiquette, participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the tea ceremony and wear white socks. Shoes are not allowed to be worn in the Guest House.
This event is hosted by Kimiko Gunji, Professor Emeritus of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture and the former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Space is limited and reservations are required for each event. Please contact Katie Weston at 815.316.3306 for further information.
Directions: Anderson Japanese Gardens – 318 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90 and E. State St. (U.S. Business 20): Go west on Business 20 to IL 251 (N. 2nd St.). Turn right (north) on IL 251 to Spring Creek Rd. Exit on Spring Creek Rd. and move to left lane to turn left into gardens.