“Come to Yume Japanese Gardens on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 12:00 pm for a demonstration of how to create a kadomatsu, the traditional Japanese New Year’s holiday decoration made of pine and bamboo sprigs. Usually kadomatsu are placed in pairs (representing male and female) in front of the entrance ways of most homes and buildings all across Japan to serve the purpose of welcoming ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest season and inviting them to bless that location for the coming year. Kadomatsu will be on display until January 15.”
Yume Japanese Gardens is located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson
Based on a recent donation plea from the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 2800 W. River Rd., the SAJCC Council voted in December to donate $1000, as part of the 2020 pandemic relief fund. The New Year’s Tucson Japanese Festival was held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center in Jan. 2019 and Jan. 2020. (The Festival is cancelled for 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic).
The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center has been closed since mid-March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and had to cancel their Year of the Rat Lunar New Year major fundraising dinner in February. They also have had to cancel ongoing events/festivals and the Senior program (exercise, tai chi, mah jong, etc.) for most of 2020. The Tucson Chinese School (for children) has been virtual during this time.
SAJCC Council is made up of 13 individuals: Sharon Arceneaux, Crystal Akazawa, Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, Clint Cooper, M. Fumie Craig, Karen Falkenstrom, Yuki Ibuki, Miyako McKay, K Negley, Miki Pimienta, Ginger Sugimoto, Dr. Min & Evelyn Yanagihashi. (Founding members are Crystal, Carolyn, M., Yuki, Min & Evelyn).
Questions should be addressed to Director Yuki Ibuki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUPPET SHOWS at Yume Japanese Gardens on December 13
ISSUN-BOSHI – “Little One-Inch”
December 13, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm / from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
“Tiny though you be, you can still realize big dreams, including finding lasting love. So learns Issun-boshi, diminutive hero of the charming Japanese fairytale “Little One-Inch.
As his name indicates, Little One-Inch’s stature is minature. But his adventures are grand, and so is his eventual bliss: he plies a rice bowl as a boat and uses a chopstick as an oar, wields a needle to valiantly defend a lovely princess against a huge ogre, and wins her grateful heart and hand in a happily-ever-after marriage.
“Little One-Inch” will be staged by The Red Herring Puppets. Lisa Sturz, artistic director of the company, is an Emmy award-winning puppeteer who has worked with Walt Disney Imagineering, PBS, NBC, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. With her fellow puppeteers, she brings this centuries-old Japanese coming-of-age story to memorable, colorful life.”
General admission: $16 adults
Children age 3 to 15: $10
Tickets include admission to Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson
Advance purchase required – Audience limited to a maximum of 10 persons per show
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