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Japanese Ambience Festival is held Oct. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lauritzen Gardens. The garden grounds are alive with merriment as guests celebrate the joys of autumn and experience the Japanese culture first-hand with the help of Omaha Sister Cities Association and other organizations. Enjoy activities like Japanese calligraphy, koinobori, origami, chop sticks, traditional Japanese games, bonsai, ikebana, and more. Performances will include martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming and traditional Japanese music and dance.