Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research provides a context for Cranbrook's Japanese Garden through educational programs that explore the culture and arts of Japan. These have included chanoyu tea ceremonies, lectures by contemporary Japanese garden designers, a lecture about the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan, and wagashi, shodo, and ikebana demonstrations.
茶の湯 / CHANOYU:
THE JAPANESE WAY OF TEA CELEBRATED IN THE
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT SMITH HOUSE
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Join Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research as we explore Japanese tea culture, celebrating the ongoing revitalization of the Cranbrook Japanese Garden and the long connections among Frank Lloyd Wright, the Smith family, and Japan. Four intimate Japanese tea ceremonies will be held in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House, presented by Tea Master Tomoyo Koehler and Michigan-based Omote Senke practitioners. Following the demonstration, the tea practitioners, in elegant kimono, will prepare and then serve the ceremonial tea and traditional Japanese sweets.
Obon (お盆 )
JAPANESE BON FESTIVAL AT CRANBROOK
August 13, 2023
Come as you are this summer—or wear your favorite festive clothing, like a Japanese yukata kimono or happi jacket—and join Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and the members of the Great Lakes Taiko Center for a Japanese Bon Festival at Cranbrook. Whether you call Japan or the United States home, whether you have participated in a traditional Japanese Bon Festival or not, all are welcome to join this community celebration of Japanese taiko drumming, music, song, and dance. The festival at Cranbrook will take place in a grassy meadow on the shores of Kingswood Lake, just south of the Cranbrook Japanese Garden
EDIBLE LANDSCAPES DINNER: A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE INSPIRED BY THE CRANBROOK JAPANESE GARDEN October 23, 2022
For the sixth Edible Landscapes Dinner in the Cranbrook House Library, the Center is partnering with Chef Suzuki and Ken Nagao of Sharaku, Michigan’s most authentic Japanese restaurant, and Forte Belanger. Together, Sharaku and Forte Belanger will craft a dining experience that combines authentic Japanese sunomono and sushi with appetizers, an entrée, and dessert that reflect Japanese cuisine through the lens of California in the early twentieth century. It will be a menu that portrays the evolution of the Cranbrook Japanese Garden, a magical place that also reflects the spirit of Japan through an American lens.
IKEBANA / 生け花:
THE ART OF JAPANESE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
October 7, 8, and 9, 2022
In this special exhibition in the magnificent rooms of Cranbrook House, the members of Ikebana International Detroit Chapter 85, present a display of nearly thirty arrangements by some of Michigan’s most respected ikebana artists. The exhibition, which includes ikebana demonstrations and tours of both the Cranbrook Japanese Garden and Cranbrook House, celebrates the legacy of the Japanese Garden and its ongoing rejuvenation by Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.
JAPANESE GARDEN LECTURE SERIES Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 7:00pm
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 7:00pm
This lecture series will feature a presentation of the 2018 Historic Landscape Study of Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden as well as an opportunity to hear from three of the most respected Japanese garden designers working in North America.