Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens

Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens from Nov.27 to 30

“Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging, in which shape, form, and line are as important as blooms. View the artful techniques and creations of five schools of ikebana displayed throughout the Gardens and gain an insight into a non-Western way of harmonizing with nature. The exhibit runs from Friday, November 27 to Monday, November 30 — 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  and is free with regular admission to the Gardens.” www.yumegardens.org.


36th Annual Koi Show

36th Annual Koi Show, Auction, Vendor Fair on Nov. 7 and 8

 2015 koi show poster
Coming up on the weekend of Nov. 7 and 8, at Oro Valley Marketplace in Oro Valley, AZ. Location at Oracle Rd. x Tangerine Rd.  Koi show is 9 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 9 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
More info at www.sakoia.org.  Schedule below:
Friday 4pm-6pm Vendors Open

Saturday 9am-4pm Vendors Open

Saturday 10am-2pm Koi Judging

Sunday 9am-3pm Vendors Open

Sunday10:30am Register for Auction

Sunday noon Koi Auction Starts

Sunday 1pm-3pm Super Raffle

Koi will be on display from Saturday 9am-Sunday 3pm

Japanese spiritual healing & sleep deprivation talk about Johrei on Oct. 23


More about Johrei: http://www.tucsonjohrei.org/. “Johrei,” said founder Mokichi Okada, “endeavors to raise the individual to a more enlightened state of consciousness. The invisible Light of God, focused through Johrei, reaches the inner soul and transforms it even when received with a skeptical attitude. It awakens our divine nature by bringing it into direct contact with the Light of the Spirit.”

USB is the University Services Building, 888 N. Euclid Ave. (“West of Park Avenue at Second Street and Euclid Avenue is the University Services Building. The Departments of Human Resources and the Bursar’s Office are on the first floor. Other administrative and financial services departments occupy the building.”)

UA Homecoming reception at Yume Japanese Gardens

University of AZ East Asian Studies Dept. reception at Yume Japanese Gardens for UA Homecoming on October 23


Location: Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way  |  Cost: $15

Relax at Tucson’s beautiful Yume Japanese Gardens. This tranquil setting is the perfect place for alumni, faculty, students, and staff to mingle while enjoying the gardens. Sample fine Asian cuisine and spend time socializing with friends old and new. Guest parking has been reserved in the Botanical Gardens parking lot (just north of the Yume Japanese Gardens).

Tickets $15, students free: https://www.uafoundation.org/NetCommunity/events/2015eastasianstudieshomecoming

“Cowboys & Samurai: Myths & Reality” talk on Oct. 22

“Cowboys & Samurai: Myth & Reality” talk by Dr. Min Yanagihashi (retired professor of East Asian Studies)  on October 22
Retired Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi will lecture on this topic on October 22, 6:30 p.m. at HImmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.
”Novels, and especially movies, have made the American cowboys and the Japanese samurai into popular folk heroes. They have become icons in their respective cultures. Myths play an important role in any culture & impart some historical truths. However, they also distort facts, exaggerate actual behavior & events, and create stereotypes that depart greatly from reality. In this presentation, certain myths will be examined with their corresponding realities. Myths are interesting,but the realities are even more fascinating.”
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.

Japanese culture at 2015 Tucson Meet Yourself

Tucson Meet Yourself, the yearly folk festival in downtown Tucson will be happening again on Oct. 9 to 11, at Jacome Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library and at El Presidio Park just west, across Church Avenue.

Japanese cultural events of interest:

Saturday Oct. 10 at 12 noon to 1 p.m., Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers at Church St. Stage

Sunday Oct. 11 at 11 to 11:30 a.m.  Arizona Kyudo Kai & UA Kyudo Club archery demonstrations, Global Rhythms Stage

Sunday Oct. 11 at 2 to 3 p.m. Mari Kaneta’s Suzuyuki Kai traditional Japanese Dance at the Church Street Stage


MARI KANETA SUZUYUKI-KAI Recipient of the 2015 Southwest Folklife Alliance “Master-Apprentice” Award SUNDAY 2PM. (Church Street Stage) Kabuki style Japanese dancers perform in traditional make-up, hair style and kimono. Led by Master Mari Kaneta who has been instructing for 40 years. Dances include classical Japanese music as well as instrumentals, pops/rocks and jazz/fusions.

Map and schedule online at www.tucsonmeetyourself.org

There also is usually Japanese calligraphy and origami demonstrations at the Folk Arts area in the Pima County courthouse patio, 115 N. Church Ave. Artists this year: Japanese Shodo Calligraphy — Akiko Nakagaki Victorson and Japanese Origami — Chieko Nakano. Folks Arts will be there Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 5 p.m. only. (but Akiko will only be there on Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

New this year: Japanese food booth serving takoyaki and ramen.  Be on the lookout for delicious Japanese food in Jacome Plaza, in front of Joel D. Valdez main library (NW corner of Stone Ave. x Pennington St.), 101 N. Stone Ave.

Tucson Repertory Orchestra folding 1000 origami cranes for trip to Hiroshima

Tucson Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Hiroshima born/raised Director Toru Tagawa is travelling to perform in Japan in October.  Toru’s wife and violinist for TRO, Laura Tagawa is seeking help in folding 1000 origami paper cranes to present to the Hiroshima Children’s Peace Memorial.  She was inspired by Sadako Sasaki’s story of the young 12 year old leukemia victim (from the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 8/6/45), who tried to fold 1000 cranes before her death.

9/28/15 UPDATE: Over 1300 cranes have been folded to date, plus several hundred yet to be counted.  So we are still folding cranes till Thursday 10/1/15.

9/30/15 UPDATE: Over 2800 cranes folded, so please show up on Oct. 1 to help string them to take to Hiroshima.  Thank you everyone for helping.

10/1/15 UPDATE:  Group of about 15 friends of TRO strung about 18 strands of cranes – over 1000 plus to date.  Mission accomplished, so good luck to TRO on their concert tour to Japan later this month.

10/7/15 UPDATE: Laura Tagawa reported the final count as 3012 origami cranes were folded & strung, on their way to Hiroshima.  Congratulations all.


If you can help fold cranes please pick up origami paper (3 inches x 3 inches) at Snow Peas Modern Asian Kitchen, 1402 S. Craycroft Rd. Larger sizes will be accepted as well.  Origami folding sessions will be held on September 28, 3 to 5 p.m. and on the final date of crane folding — October 1st, 5 to 8 p.m.

More info on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRepertoryOrchestra?fref=ts

Golden Images photo exhibit at Yume Japanese Gardens

Golden Photographs Poster Resized

Gold Leaf Photos Put Shimmer and Shine in The Eye of The Beholder

 Updated Antique Photographic Technique Makes Pictures Glow In Local Exhibit

“A long-neglected process that utilizes gold to render highlights with startlingly more depth and luminosity than ordinary photographs appears in a modern incarnation in the exhibit Gold Leaf Photographs by Kate Breakey, opening September 11 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson.

 A Tucson resident born in Australia, Breakey enjoys international acclaim for her images that achieve luminous effects through the exploration of antique photographic processes that have become part of art history.

 The images in her current show are modern versions of Orotones. In their heyday — the early 20th century — Orotones were created by printing a positive photographic image on a glass plate and then coating the plate with lacquer impregnated with bronze, silver, or gold metallic pigment.

 In her resurrection of this process, Breakey uses contemporary media and technology to print her photographs digitally on glass and then flawlessly hand applies 23.5-karat gold leaf to the back of the plate. Light penetrates the glass plate, strikes the gold leaf underneath, and beams back, illuminating the image from behind and creating a picture that glows and shimmers from within.The effect is reminiscent of the luminosity of a gilded Japanese screen.

 The traditional Orotones most familiar to Americans are those of Edward S. Curtis, the ethnologist and photographer of the American West who documented Native American peoples in a massive collection of images made from 1906 to 1930.

Since 1980 Breakey has exhibited in nearly 150 solo and group shows in the U.S., France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand. Her images are held in many public institutions, including the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra and the Osaka Museum in Osaka, Japan. She is represented by Etherton Gallery in Tucson,  one of the Southwest’s premier galleries and the co-sponsor of the current exhibition.

 A free opening reception and exhibition preview will be held at Yume Japanese Gardens on September 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Golden Images: Gold Leaf Photographs runs until November 20, 9:30 to 4:30 daily.”

 For more information visit http://www.yumegardens.org, email yume.gardens@gmail.com or call Allen Boraiko of Yume Japanese Gardens at 520-343-0926.

New Tucson Japanese Language School starts on August 8

“Tucson Japanese Language School Objective: Giving children the opportunity to experience Japanese language, and also expose them to the Japanese culture as a way to as extend the language ability. Create opportunities for exchanges between parents with children. Date and time: Every Saturday 9:00 to 10:30 (40 minutes, a 10-minute break, and another 40 minutes) Period: 2015 August 8 – December 12 (17 days), 2016 January 9 – May 14 (17 days) Location: International School of Tucson 1701 East Seneca Street, Tucson Arizona 85719 2015
Tuition: Annual $ 350, split into two equal payments of $175 each Tuition due deadline August 29, 2015 (August last Saturday) and January 30, 2016 (January last Saturday) Entry requirements: Children starting Kindergarten up to High School level the upcoming school year (Japanese speaking) parents can help their children at home.
Form: Classes are divided according to Japanese language skill level and age. There will be a recital at the end of each semester, and perhaps athletic meet events (dates TBD). Volunteering ideas: Copy class materias, monitor break times, etc. E-mail: tucson.nihongo.hosyuko@gmail.com”