Japanese Garden Party
Sunday 29th July, Hammersmith Park
12.30 - 18.00
Hammersmith Park is all that remains of a Japanese Garden that was originally designed for the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition. Now, the park is being given a new lease of life with the installation of an avenue of stone lanterns leading to a striking Japanese gateway that will greet visitors to the space. To celebrate this moment in the garden’s history, the Japan Society, Embassy of Japan and Friends of Hammersmith Park are hosting a Japanese Garden Party, to which everyone is invited!
From 12:30 – 18:00, the park will host a full programme of Japanese live music, whilst around the park an exciting variety of events and activities for families will take place. Children and adults alike will be able to make their own Japanese lantern, fold origami, try on a Japanese yukata and even learn how to write their name in Japanese using a calligraphy brush and ink. There will also be a space in which visitors can design their own miniature Japanese rock garden, and the best of Japanese street food and snacks will be available to purchase from Japan Centre’s food stalls. The afternoon will conclude with performances from two contemporary Japanese musicians, Ichi and Hatis Noit. Their unique sounds will be the perfect way to end an afternoon of Japanese activities in the serene space that is Hammersmith Park.
A full programme will be announced in the coming weeks. At present, the confirmed performers and activities are as follows:
Music and Performances
TAIKO DRUMMING – Thames Taiko || JAPANESE FOLK MUSIC – Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki || YOSAKOI DANCE – Temuzu || ICHI || Hatis Noit
ICHI was born in Nagoya and redefines what is possible as a one man band. Using his own unique and wonderful homemade instruments and incorporating toys and everyday objects into his performance, he creates a sound that is ‘Hilarious & Bonkers & Brilliant’ in the words of Radio presenter Lauren Laverne
From Shiretoko in Hokkaido, Hatis Noit is a self-taught vocal performer inspired by not only gagaku – Japanese court music – but also operatic styles, Bulgarian and Georgian chanting, and avant-garde pop vocals. The sound of her performance is as unpredictable, beautiful and mysterious as the world around us.
ORIGAMI || CALLIGRAPHY || LANTERN MAKING || YUKATA DRESS-UP
Exhibitions and Special Events
Exhibition of the art of Japanese bonsai, with stunning trees by Bonsai Kai members on display.
Learn how to design a miniature Japanese rock garden with the Japanese Garden Society.
Special guest appearances by Hello Kitty will take place throughout the day.
60 Batman Cl, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7NU
The nearest stations to Hammersmith Park are Wood Lane (Circle, Hammersmith and City) or White City (Central). The area is also well serviced by local buses, including the number 72, 95, 220, 228 and 272.
The regeneration of Hammersmith Garden and the Garden Party were made possible by generous donations from Japanese businesses in the UK, alongside significant support from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the Japan Society, the Friends of Hammersmith Park and the local community.