Make Your Own Kadomatsu at the Japanese Friendship Garden
Join us on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 10:15 am or 11:15 am, as we construct a traditional New Year's decoration and make one to take with you for your own home! A kadomatsu (literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes. For the Japanese, this time of the year means purification rituals such as cleaning one's home and office, settling old debts, to bring blessings and also to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest.
Designs for kadomatsu vary depending on region but are typically made of pine, bamboo, and sometimes ume tree sprigs which represent longevity, prosperity and steadfastness, respectively.
The fundamental function of the New Year ceremonies is to honor and receive the toshigami (deity), who will then bring a bountiful harvest for farmers and bestow the ancestors' blessing on everyone.
The central portion of the kadomatsu is formed from three large bamboo shoots. Similar to several traditions of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), the shoots are set at different heights and represent heaven, humanity, and earth with heaven being the highest and earth being the lowest. Some kadomatsu place the humanity and earth shoots at the same height.
This workshop, includes a complete kit with pre-cut bamboo and all other materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction. All materials are from the Garden.
Enjoy making your own Kadomatsu for 2014 at the Japanese Friendship Garden!
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix (View)
1125 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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