Cultures come together at Morton Arboretum

 
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Updated 8/5/2018 6:35 PM
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  • Anya Thapanawat, 3, of Naperville performs Sunday with her twin sister, Alisha, and Alexis Somera, 6, of Morton Grove as part of the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      Anya Thapanawat, 3, of Naperville performs Sunday with her twin sister, Alisha, and Alexis Somera, 6, of Morton Grove as part of the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Alexis Somera, 6, of Morton Grove performs Sunday with the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      Alexis Somera, 6, of Morton Grove performs Sunday with the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Alicia Grabow of Deerfield, right, performs with Patti Sripraram of Willowbrook on Sunday as part of the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      Alicia Grabow of Deerfield, right, performs with Patti Sripraram of Willowbrook on Sunday as part of the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jane Ishibashi of Winnetka performs Sunday with the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      Jane Ishibashi of Winnetka performs Sunday with the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago during the Destination Asia Festival at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Visitors to Lisle's Morton Arboretum this weekend got a chance to experience all kinds of cultures -- often within a few steps of each other.

First, of course, there were the giant trolls that remind everyone of Scandinavia.

And then there was the final day of the Destination Asia festival, complete with sumo wrestlers (not quite as big as the trolls, but close), origami folding, cricket lessons, Japanese taiko drumming, Bollywood dancing, a Japanese lantern display and more.

All in all, 10 countries were represented with live performances.

For those visitors who didn't want to lose sight of trees at the arboretum, there were plenty of chances to view the outdoor museum's collections from China, Japan and Korea and to learn about its conservation efforts.

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