Celebrate New Year of Ram/Sheep at Yume Japanese Gardens

2015 is Year of the Ram/Sheep

2015 is Year of the Ram/Sheep

Saturday, January 3,  from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson.

“Pick up your brush and greet 2015 — the Year of the Ram — with a Japanese ink brush painting (sumi-e) and New Year’s card that you create yourself. Zen Tribe wellness instructor and calligraphy artist Yoshi Nakano will show you how to write your name and New Year’s greetings in Japanese and how to create an image of a ram with deft brush strokes that you can mail to friends or frame for your wall.

Carolyn Classen will teach you games played with traditional flower-decorated hanafuda cards as you eat Japanese sweets and sip green tea. Then, take in a gallery of Yoshi’s inspirational abstract calligraphy that he calls “brush art meditation.” All activities are free with regular admission to the Gardens”,www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org.

Sansei Carolyn Sugiyama Classen learned to play hanafuda as a small child in Hawaii, has taught it at the Tucson Origami Club and to the APASA (Asian Pacific American Student Assn.) at the University of Arizona.


Hanafuda cards

Hanafuda cards

Full Moon Tales of Kaguya Hime at Yume Gardens on Dec. 6

Full Moon Tale Flyer

The full moon will set the scene on the evening of Saturday, December 6 for an original theatrical performance of the beloved Japanese folktale Kaguya Hime — The Bamboo Princess. Children and adults alike will be enchanted as performers in masks engage in storytelling, dance, and shadow play to the sound of traditional bamboo flute music and taiko drums.

Curtain time is 6:00 pm and admission is $15 for members, $17 for non-members, and $20 at the door. Admission does not include entrance to the Gardens. For convenience, buy tickets online at www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org –  Click on “News and Events” and then “Buy Tickets.”

Furoshiki gift wrapping workshop on Dec. 6

Japanese Stlye Gift Wrapping Workshop Flyer

You won’t want to miss visiting Yume Japanese Gardens on Saturday, Dec. 6 for a special holiday gift wrapping workshop.

Learn how to make stylish showstoppers of seasonal gifts by wrapping them in traditional Japanese furoshiki. These intricately knotted and colorfully printed squares of cotton will make any present a sight to behold. And if you’re buying Japanese items at our gift shop to give at Christmas, nothing could be more appropriate than to package them in furoshiki.

Date: Dec. 6 Time: 1 – 3 pm Cost: $18 (includes all materials, but not admission to the Gardens). Registration is required; call 520-332-2928 or email yume.gardens@gmail.com For convenience, buy your ticket online at tucsonjapanesegardens.org (Click on “News and Events” and then “Buy Tickets.)

Talk on the Japanese Constitution on December 2

Learn about the Japanese Constitution by Dr. Min Yanagihashi at Himmel branch library.

The Japanese Constitution: “Alien Document” and “Peace Constitution” “Constitutional revision has been an ongoing controversy in Japan. Any changes or reinterpretations could have profound impact on national identity, domestic politics and world politics, especially Japan’s relations with its neighbors and with the United States.” Dr. Yanagihashi is a retired professor who taught at University of Arizona, Canisius College, University of Kansas, University of Colorado, and University of Michigan. He is a Nisei from Hawaii. Sponsored by So. AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition


Japanese woodblock print show opens at University of Arizona Museum of Art

Japanese woodblock prints show at U of AZ Museum of Art opens Nov. 15

Below: Kunichika, Toyohara. Two Kabuki Actors, ca. 1870-1879; Woodblock print; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Murphey.


Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world”, Ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock prints genre that originated in the seventeenth century. Informed by depictions of city life, entertainment, leisure, beautiful women, kabuki actors, and landscapes, Ukiyo-e magnified the sophistication of the newly minted bourgeoisie who had found a playground in Edo (modern day Tokyo). This exhibition was curated by Ashley Rubin, M.A. Art History Graduate.
UAMA hours: Monday – Noon-5pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday Noon- 4pm
 Free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, and children. General admission for adults $5.
UAMA is at 1031 N. Olive Rd. (east of Park Ave.) on University of Arizona campus.

More info:  www.artmuseum.arizona.edu

Tradtional Japanese shamisen concert on Nov. 11


Aki & Kyle, courtesy of Odaiko Sonora

Aki & Kyle, courtesy of Odaiko Sonora

Aki Takahashi & Kyle Abbott in concert on Nov. 11  Press release from Odaiko Sonora: you are invited to a very special house concert featuring two of this year’s All Souls Procession musical artists. The Procession finale will be amazing, but will not feature some of Aki and Kyle’s most amazing work with traditional Japanese vocals and shamisen. If you attended their Yume Japanese Gardens concert last February, you know you are in for a rare treat.

When: Tuesday, November11 at 5:00pm We’ll begin with light refreshments as the sun sets, and then the concert will last about an hour. Refreshments continue as you meet the artists afterwards until about 7pm

Where to go: Karen Falkenstrom’s Backyard — 5732 E 2nd St (southeast of Speedway & Craycroft)

Where to park: Please park on the street. There is an entrance to the backyard on the east side of the house. Please use this gate and head straight to the back.

RSVP requested  to karen@tucsontaiko.org.

We hope to collect donations of $15-$20 to assist Aki & Kyle with travel and expenses. Sponsored by Odaiko Sonora with support from the beautiful Yume Japanese Gardens.