Actor Taku Hirai-Saturday

The East Haddam Stage Company presents a new one-man drama on the life of Yukitaka Osaki, featuring Japanese actor Taku Hirai. Osaki came to visit the US from Japan in 1888 with his older brother Yukio. Yukio returned to Japan, became the mayor of Tokyo, and bequeathed the famous cherry trees to Washington D.C. Yukitaka stayed and became the quiet soul who worked behind actor William Gillette for almost forty years. Join us for a perfromance of the play "Osaki San" Saturday at 1 pm in Pop's Lodge, this will be followed by a Q and A session.









Victor Eng-Bonsai Tree Instruction-Saturday

Victor Eng has been teaching, creating, and marketing bonsai since 1972. He founded and was president and CEO of Bonsai Dynasty, Inc, a retail bonsai store in the wholesale flower district of New York City from 1976-1991. Bonsai Dynasty was the first bonsai store of its kind in New York, and one of the largest in the country.


Prior to starting Bonsai Dynasty, Victor studied bonsai as an apprentice under bonsai master Frank Okamura, the former curator of the magnificent Brooklyn Botanical Gardens' Bonsai Collection. Victor has also set up special bonsai displays, and given seminars at the annual New York Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show, and the annual Long Island Flower Show.


In addition to being a bonsai specialist, Victor is a certified lawn and garden expert, and has served as the manager of many Frank's Store Nurseries. Bonsai Gardens has been exhibiting in a booth at the annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT, every February.


Victor will join us once again teaching the history of the Bonsai and pruning/maintenance techniques. Bonsai trees will be available again this year for a price of $20.

Saturday 7:30 pm to 9:00pm at Pop's Lodge.














Anthony Crasso-Saturday

A 28 year old American Electrical Design Engineer and Tea Practitioner who lives in Warwick, RI and has been study tea since the summer of 2014.  He has been interested in Japanese pop culture from a young age and has especially loved the language.  This then lead to studying Japanese with a private tutor after graduating college.  His tutor recommended the Black Ships Festival in Newport, RI where he was first introduced to chado by Kaji Aso Studios, who he for a short time did tea with.  In March of 2015 he met his teacher Allan Sosei Palmer Sensei who has been studying Urasenke Chado for over 45 years.  Since then he has studied in Kyoto twice for a short time at Urasenke with the non-Japanese students division, Midorikai, and has also been studying with Glenn Sorei Pereira Sensei at Urasenke Boston.  Chado is a big part of his life and he takes any chance to share his passion for tea and Japanese culture with others.

Saturday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Boathouse











Akiko Thompson-Friday

Akiko will join us once again this year to run a hands on Sumi-e panel, followed by a hands on Japanese calligraphy panel. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. Sumi-e is an East Asian painting and writing technique developed together in ancient China that places emphasis on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Aside from being an incredible teacher, Akiko is also a member of the Japanese society of Greater Hartford. We are pleased to have her and her husband Pete joining us again. Hands on classes will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm Friday in the Boathouse.


















Kodama Taiko, UConn-Sunday

UConn Kodama Taiko is a modern Japanese-style drum group based at the University of Connecticut, founded in 2004 by Richard Fu and Cien Kim. The goal of the group is to explore the art of Taiko drumming in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We practice Kumi-Daiko, an ensemble style that fuses traditional Japanese Taiko drumming with modern influences. At our practices, we learn about Japanese culture, practice proper form and technique, learn pieces, play with rhythmic improvisation and rehearse for performances. On hands workshops Sun at 11:30 in the Dining Hall and 1 pm at the beach.  A short performace during lunch service and a longer on at 2 pm on the beach.