季節 “Kisetsu” translates from Japanese to ‘season’ or ‘time of year’. Each of our four seasonal shows (Spring Splendor, Sensational Summer, Fabulous Fall, and Winter Wonderland) speaks to the elements of seasonality and the Japanese concept of mono no aware, a sensitivity to the ephemeral or impermanence of all things.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Winter Celebration Day!
Sunday, February 9, 12-3 p.m.
Wellfield’s first event of 2020 is inspired by the Japanese Snow Festival (Yuki matsuri, celebrated February 4-11 in locations across Japan). Wellfield’s event features a live ice-sculpting demonstration by ice carver Greg Beachey, delicious Japanese foods to sample including sushi from Chubby Trout, amazake (a hot fermented rice drink), ume plum candy, sweet sake, and green tea ice cream. Listen to traditional Japanese music, warm up by a fire, and enjoy a cup of cocoa. Take a guided preview tour of our new Island Garden with Wellfield’s Horticulture Manager, Josh Steffen, offered at 1 and 2 p.m.
All event activities and sample foods are included with paid admission or membership.
Saturday, April 18, 12-3 p.m.
Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers (“hana”) are in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry (“sakura”) or, less frequently, plum (“ume”) trees. From the end of March to early May, cherry trees bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast (桜前線, sakura-zensen) “cherry blossom front” is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two!
In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. In some contexts the Sino-Japanese term kan’ō (観桜, view-cherry) is used instead, particularly for festivals. Hanami at night is called yozakura (夜桜) “night sakura”.
STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS of Wellfield’s Hanami Festival!
All event activities are included with paid admission or membership.
May 2-October 25 Presented by the Community Foundation of Elkhart County