Aki Takahashi, photo from Odaiko Sonora’s website
Odaiko Sonora (taiko drumming group) hosts this event on September 6, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
“In preparation for All Souls Procession (ASP) on November 9, Odaiko Sonora invites you to join the first ever Viral Chant Group. We’ve commissioned the chant from Toronto artist Aki Takahashi, who you may remember from February’s amazing shamisen concert at Yume Japanese Gardens.
We want the chant to spread through the crowd in the last few minutes of the ASP finale. For this, we need some volunteers to “seed” the crowd. Aki, who is one of Odaiko Sonora’s guest artists for the finale, has agreed to come in advance to train people in Japanese vocal technique and learn the chant. The Chant Workshop runs 12:30-2:00pm and is FREE (though we’ll pass a hat).”
Aki will be performing a traditional minyo (Japanese folk) style chant.
The Rhytym Industry Performance Factory is located at 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. (just south of the SE corner of E. 20th and Tyndall Ave., west of Campbell Ave.)
sumi-e painting by artist Joy Mills
Join local Tucson artist Joy Mills at the Johrei Fellowship Tucson Center on August 16, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 3919 E. River Rd. for a beginning sumi-e brush painting class. Teacher Joy Mills provides tools and materials for $30, and discounts the class to $25 for those who bring their own. Registration deadline is August 13.
Contact Karey to register at firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-403-4408. Deadline to register is August 13.
“Monthly session in artful mindfulness meditation with ink, brush and paper: priceless!” www.tucsonjohrei.org. Joy has been teaching a monthly sumi-e painting class at the Johrei center, and recently had a exhibition of her lovely sumi-e art at the Ravenscroft Gallery at the St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church:
A thirty-year veteran art teacher, Joy has taught at Pima College, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Drawing Studio, The Chinese Cultural Center and Joh Rei Fellowship. Her artwork has been recognized with a number of prestigious national awards.
INVITATION from SAKURA no KAI
in Sierra Vista, Arizona
Event: “TANABATA FESTIVAL POTLUCK “ 七タ まつり
Date: JULY 6, 2014
Place: Veterans Memorial Park (Ramada 1)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Taiko drumming performance by Odaiko Sonora of Tucson.
Singles: $4 with a Dish, $10 without a Dish
Family: $8 with a Dish, $20 without a Dish
If attending, please kindly respond by June 26 to Noriko Blair at email@example.com
Bottled water, plastic utensils, paper plates, and napkins provided by Sakura no Kai
Join us in “Bon Odori” – “Yukata” dress is welcomed.Please bring a folding chair – limited seating at the ramada
T. Martin Bennett wrote a screenplay, then a “nonfiction novel” about three intersecting stories that took place during WWII. The main protagonist is Commander Mitsuo Fuchida of the Japanese Imperial Navy’s air force who survives the Pearl Harbor attack and the Hiroshima bombing on August 6, 1945, and many years afterward. He is the “wounded tiger” of the title. The 2nd story is about a Baptist missionary family who lived in Japan for almost 20 years, then had to flee to the Philippines once WWII broke out. The 3rd story is about a “Doolittle Raider” Jake DeShazer who was captured by the Japanese during WWII and spent the war in captiviity as a P.O.W. More I won’t say, as I don’t want to disclose the ending of any of these amazing true stories.
After reading an advance copy I wrote a book review for the Tucsoncitizen.com and published it on December 7, 2013 (the 72nd anniversary of the infamous bombing in my home state of Hawaii), but that online review was removed when Gannett Publishing abruptly shut down the Tucson Citizen online news source on January 31, 2014.
So I just republished my book review in the political blogsite Blog for Arizona (click here). If you would like to read more about this compelling book or purchase it, contact the author at www.woundedtigerbook.com.
Join in the celebration of Japanese traditional Children’s Day on May 3rd at Yume Japanese Gardens (1 to 4 p.m.)
Goldfish netting will test their dexterity, summer yukatas will keep them cool and colorful, origami lessons will give them a chance at making their own paper creations, and there will be more traditional Japanese toys than ever to intrigue them.
This event will end our Spring garden viewing season, so come for a last look at the gardens before we close for the summer.To purchase tickets go to: www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org
. Tickets prices: $10 member adults, $15 nonmember adults; children under 10 years are free.
Childrens’ Day is celebrated in Japan on May 5th, which used to be Boys’ Day. Girls Day is still celebrated on March 3rd with doll displays. In Hawaii the Japanese tradition of Boys’ Day is still alive, so families fly the koinobori (koi fish wind socks) on bamboo poles outside their homes, representing the number of boys in the family. Special treats are also served for the boys in the families.
Enjoy Childrens’/Boys’ Day.
Shakuhachi concert by Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos at Yume Japanese Gardens on April 30, 7 p.m.
“We’re proud to once again present Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos at the Gardens for a premiere performance of soulful Japanese bamboo flute music. Alcvin’s 2013 concert was a sell-out, and little wonder: he is a Dai Shihan (“Grand Master”) of the shakuhachi, born and trained in Japan, where he selects and cuts his own bamboo for his flutes. He has taught and performed in North America, Europe, and Japan and will be playing a selection of traditional melodies as well as ones of his own composition.” This is a limited seating event — don’t miss it! Admission is $15 for members, $17 for non-members, and $20 at the door. For extra convenience, buy your tickets online at Yume garden’s website
Free Lecture by Dr. Minoru Yanagihashi, retired UA professor, East Asian Studies Dept., at Himmel Park branch library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. (SW corner of E. 1st St., south of Speedway Blvd.), 6:30 to 8 p.m.
sponsored by Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC)
This talk will analyze “the current tensions between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in Chinese), between Japan and South Korea over Takeshima (Dokdo in Korean), and between Japan and Russia over the four southernmost islands of the Kuril. The origin, reasons, and prospects of these disputes will be covered”.
European and Japanese Classical Music concert by Christine Vivona at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 28
“Join us for evening of European and Japanese classical music from award-winning harpist Dr. Christine Vivona. Dr. Vivona studied with the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City and has held the position of second harp with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1986. She frequently performs both solo and ensemble classical and jazz programs for concert series and varied venues throughout Arizona and has a teaching studio in Tucson”.
Girls Day Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 1
2/27/14 UPDATE: Due to a winter storm, this event has been cancelled.
“On March 3 Japanese parents honor their daughters by celebrating hinamatsuri or Girls Day. To mark the event, families display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians arrayed in traditional court dress of the ninth to the twelfth centuries, the Heian period. View the sumptuous costumes of a full set of handmade dolls and stay for an origami workshop in which you and your children can learn to make paper dolls as well as horses in this Year of the Horse.
There will be different types of Japanese dolls exhibited for Girls Day (coming up on March 3rd), and a 7 tier doll setup will be displayed in the Japanese house.
Admission includes origami materials and entrance to the Gardens”. Tickets $15 adults, $5 children, buy online at Yume Japanese Gardens website, www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org, 520-332-2928.