Japan House sets celebration

Japan House sets celebration

URBANA — Hinamatsuri, the traditional Japanese Holiday of Girls, will take place Sunday at Japan House on the University of Illinois campus. Special tea ceremonies will be at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Girls 12 and younger will be admitted free, and their mothers will get a reduced rate of $5 — all others pay $8.

The event also features a presentation of how Girls' Day is celebrated in Japan, as well as displays of traditional hina dolls. Japan House interns will be dressed in kimonos, much like the dolls themselves.

Paid reservations are required. Call 244-9934 or email japanhouse@illinois.edu.

Japan House also will offer starting Tuesday a series of three cooking lessons on North and South Indian cuisine and Indian street food, taught by Archana Shekara, a UI alumna and an associate professor of graphic design at Illinois State University.

Her first session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday will focus on North Indian cuisine; the second at 5:30 p.m. April 1, South Indian cuisine; and the third at 5:30 p.m. April 22, Indian street food.

All of the recipes will be vegetarian, with suggestions on how to add other ingredients. Each session is $20 for Tomonokai members and students and $25 for everyone else. Space is limited. To hold a spot call 244-9934 or email japanhouse@illinois.edu.

The cooking workshops will last about two hours each and take place at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Parking in the lot just south of the building is free in the evening.

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