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Amish Country
Discover
OUR MANY
CULTURES
We're proud of our
multicultural community
that provides us
with rich, learning
experiences. Take time
to find enrichment in the
various cultures found
around our area.
Amish Country
As you head south of Champaign County, you'll start to see the unexpected-a horse and
buggy with a family traveling down the road. You've reached the heart of Illinois' Amish
country, where the pace is a little slower. Throughout the towns of Tuscola, Arcola, Arthur,
and Sullivan, you'll find a welcoming population ready to introduce you to their culture.
Learn how buggies are made, shop from the fine craftsmen in the woodworking shops, pick
up homemade goods and food, go antiquing and find local art, but most of all, take your time
to learn.
Welcome centers in Arcola, located in the train depot, and Arthur in their downtown, will
direct you to Amish-owned businesses. Self-guided tours through Arthur will navigate you
through the sights and share the history and lore of the area.
Arcola Welcome Center
Through festivals and events like the Strawberry Jam Festival each June and the
Broomcorn Festival in September, you can continue to engage with the Amish.
Japan House
The Japan House at the University of Illinois provides a refuge of tranquility and
an opportunity to reflect. Immersive experiences will provide you with insight into
the Japanese culture. The traditional tea ceremony is guided by a " one life, one
opportunity " principal encouraging you to free your mind. Workshops in Ikebana,
the art of arranging flowers, teach you how to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the
flower.
Wander the gardens featuring a mixture of plants, rustic stone, and water. Guests
participating in a tea ceremony start their journey in the Tea Garden, using the
Tsukubai (water basin) to rinse their hands and take a sip of water to cleanse
before the ceremony. The Dry Garden utilizes raked gravel, large rocks, and shrubs
to create a reflection of the ponds in the area.
Throughout the year, the Japan House hosts events to further engage people of all
ages, from the Hinamatsuri, a celebration for girls, to the Mottainai, a showcase of
hand-crafted items such as pottery, kimonos, and origami.
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Japan House
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