Yume Japanese Gardens schedule for Fall/Winter 2017

“Yume Japanese Gardens, the first and only authentic Japanese gardens in Tucson, will reopen for their fifth Fall/Winter season Sunday, October 1, with a roster of exhibits, workshops, and events that provide visitors with a distinctive window on Japan.
Museum exhibits include “Between Folds: Classical Origami,” a presentation of traditional folded Japanese paper forms from October 1 to December 31, as well as “Mingei: Old Japan at Hand,” a new permanent display of vintage hand-crafted folk art objects produced by ordinary Japanese and used in their daily routines.
A series of workshops in Ikebana – traditional Japanese flower arranging and techniques – extends throughout the Fall/Winter season and is complemented by an Ikebana Festival November 21-26. This bi-annual event is one of the most popular at the Gardens and will feature 50 Japanese floral arrangements from five different schools, arrayed throughout the grounds, the museum and the gallery.
Other events include an artist reception on October 8 at the inauguration of “Enlightened Heart,” an exhibition and sale until December 1 of wooden sculptures and tablets on which Phoenix Ikebana master and ceramicist Ping Wei has used wood-burning tools to engrave Asian calligraphy and other designs.
October 28 will bring a tea ceremony, a hallowed spiritual and artistic ritual performed by a tea master in traditional kimono. “Enchanted Evenings,” November 10-12, will open the Gardens after dark for strolls by candle- and lantern-light, to the accompaniment of traditional Japanese melodies.
Non-profit Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson opened in January 2013 and showcases five examples of traditional Japanese landscaping. Besides educational and cultural activities, it offers a “Stroll for Well-Being” program of research-supported therapeutic guided garden walks. For details on its benefits, visit www.yumegardens.org.”
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Gardens hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, October 1 to May 7, at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, one block south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. For more about activities at Yume, email yume.gardens@gmail.com, visit www.yumegardens.org, or call (520) 303-3945.


Kozo Miyoshi: Middle of the Road public lecture on September 17 at UA Center for Creative Photography

Image Credit: Kōzō Miyoshi “Holbrook, Arizona” 1995 © Kōzō MiyoshiCollection Center for Creative Photography

“On Sunday, September 17 (4 to 5:30 p.m.), the Center will present a public artist’s talk by Japanese photographer Kōzō Miyoshi, in conjunction with Longer Ways to Go: Photographs of the American Road, an exhibition of photographs from the Center’s collection currently on view in the Norton Family Photography Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum. During the 1990s, while he was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Miyoshi traversed what remains of Route 66, the “Main Street of America,” creating placid, meticulously composed images with an 8 x 10 view camera. Miyoshi chose the title “Middle of the Road” to refer to his habit of standing dead-center in the road to make a photograph with his tripod-mounted camera, a gesture that reveals signs of past use in the form of tire marks, seams, and cracked pavement, while reminding us that, at least at the moment Miyoshi took the picture, no one was coming. Made soon after Route 66 was removed from the federal highway system, when local preservation efforts were just getting under way, Miyoshi’s images form a compelling document of the landmark’s transition from highway to scenic byway, from America to Americana.
Member’s Print Viewing & Reception From 2-4 pm the Center will host a Member’s only Print Viewing & Reception in collaboration with the Kōzō Miyoshi public presentation. ***
Kōzō Miyoshi is a Japanese photographer whose work is in the collections of The Art Museum, Princeton University; The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; The George Eastman Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Hallmark Collection, Kansas City, Missouri; Nihon University, Tokyo; and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. The Center for Creative Photography published Far East and Southwest: The Photography of Kōzō Miyoshi in 1994. In the Road, a collection of Miyoshi’s photographs of Route 66, was published by Nazraeli Press in 1999. In 2011, Miyoshi released Northeast Earthquake Disaster Tsunami 2011, a portfolio of photographs of the aftermath of the 2011 quake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast coast and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. A selection of photographs from the portfolio was included in In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, a 2015 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”

http://www.creativephotography.org/exhibitions-events/events/kozo-miyoshi-middle-road-public-lecture. Center for Creative Photography is at 1030 N Olive Rd. (south of Speedway, east of Park Avenue) on UA Campus

Yu Yu Shiratori art party on September 2

Sept. 2nd, from 7 to 10 p.m. at How Sweet it Was Vintage shop, 424 E. 6th Street, Tucson

“How in which the ways to describe the talent that is Yu Yu Shiratori?
Seeping with originality and humble to a fault, she burns true blue. Everything she takes on has an irreplicable, creative edge and is executed with impressive craftsmanship. If you are lucky enough to own something she has made, you can testify to the fact that approximately one million people will demand to know where they can get one, too. This show will feature her latest jewelry designs, screen prints and embroideries. On a bonus note: we flexed some connects and managed to acquire the masterpiece of a wedding suit she hand-embroidered (on loan from the Pat Foley personal collection) for the show. Refreshments, shopping and friends as always. Yu Yu Shiratori’s artwork and jewelry will be on display and for purchase in the shop through the month of September. We can’t wait to Art Party with Yu Yu and you!”



Next Japanese Meet Up Luncheon on August 27 at Ikkyu restaurant

Japanese Meet Up Luncheon on August 27 at Ikkyu restaurant


“みなさま いかがお過ごしでしょうか。

ツーソンにお住まいの日本人あるいは日本文化に興味のある方の親睦の場として、交流会Tucson Japanese Meet-Up(食事会)を下記の通り計画しました。


 今回は特別にアリゾナでお酒を造っているArizona SakeSakuraiさんによるアリゾナでの酒造過程の説明、利き酒、販売があります。

日時:827 (日)11午後2

場所:一休Ikkyu(https://www.facebook.com/ikkyutucson)          2040 W Orange Grove Rd Ste 180, 85704-1200 Tucson(520) 297-9011  

会費: 大人(中学生以上)$15 小学生以下$8 3歳以下無料                                       当日集めます(釣銭のないようキャッシュをご用意願います)

参加ご希望の方は、準備の関係上、8月 20 日までに 伊吹之博 yibukijp@gmail.com cell: 520-907-1934)までご連絡ください。また何でもご遠慮なくお問い合わせ願います。皆様にお会いできるのを楽しみにしております。


We are having a party to promote friendship and interaction within our Tucson community. It’s also an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in Japanese culture. Let’s enjoy socializing with the people working in different disciplines. Highlight of our party this time is talk of a sake brewer in Arizona,sake and tasting and sale.

Everyone is welcome including newcomers to Tucson.

Date: Sunday,Aug.27th

Time: 11:00-2:00pm

Location : Ikkyu(https://www.facebook.com/ikkyutucson)          2040 W Orange Grove Rd Ste 180, 85704-1200 Tucson(520) 297-9011  

Fee: $15 adult(middle school student or older), $8 primary school student or younger, free under 3yrs.

Please give the fee on site (accept only cash).

Please send the names of all participants prior to Aug.20th to

YukihiroYukiIbuki  yibukijp@gmail.comcell: 520-907-1934

Please feel free to ask any questions. Thank you.”

2017-2018 Tucson Japanese Language School schedule

“Our school starts on Saturday, August 12,2017 and finishes on May 19, 2018. Classes are Saturdays from 9 am-11 am (50 hours/ year). Sports Day is on November 4, Kanken(Japan Kanji Aptitude Test) exam is on January 27 and our end of the year show is on May 19 which is open to the public.
Please go to our website for more information
I put up 2017-2018 calendar as an attachment. “
Thank you,
Hitomi McKnight
Tucson Japanese Language School
at International School of Tucson, 1701 E. Seneca St. Tucson