CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House, a University of Illinois educational and cultural center focusing on Japanese tradition and art, will welcome visitors to its annual fall open house on Oct. 22 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open house is free and the public is invited to tour the house and gardens at 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.
Lee Gurga, the editor of "Modern Haiku," a journal of haiku and haiku studies, will give talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., titled "Haiku East, Haiku West." Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry.
Kokoro calligraphy by U. of I. art students will be on display during the open house, and traditional Japanese tea ceremonies are planned throughout the day, conducted by members of the Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai.
More information on the open house and other Japan House events can be found at www.art.uiuc.edu/galleries/japanhouse/index.cfm, or by calling 217-244-9934.