Japanese craftsmen coming to Anderson Japanese Gardens for restoration work

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Anderson Japanese Gardens is bringing five craftsman from Japan to perform a live restoration of traditional floor coverings in two of its 16th Century style buildings, this weekend.

The floor coverings, or tatami, are mats constructed of rice straw and held in place by a plain cloth covering, according to a press release. The cloth mats are covered with a woven soft rush straw known as igusa.

The restoration process will be viewable by the public over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 26, during normal operating hours.

As part of the demonstration, the craftsmen will host a lecture explaining the significance of tatami in Japanese culture, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd.

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

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