Five Japanese craftsman recruited to restore portions of Anderson Japanese Gardens

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Anderson Japanese Gardens is restoring two of its decades-old exhibits with the help of five craftsmen from Japan.

The craftsmen are working to restore ‘tatami’ — traditional floor coverings — in the Guest House, built in 1985, and the Tea Hut, built in 1991.

Building and repairing tatami is a highly-skilled and increasingly rare art form in Japan.

The total cost of the restoration project is $35,000.

Organizers say the event is an opportunity for visitors to learn about Japanese culture.

“It’s an honor for us, really, to host them and share the unique art form that they have, with the public, just to let them know about culture, about the history of tatami and how it’s evolved until today,” said Assistant Development and Horticulturist Catherine Marsh.

The restoration will be open for public viewing over the Memorial Day weekend.

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