Fall Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on Oct. 25 to 29

Fall Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on
Oct. 25 to 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Shakuhachi flute player Paul Amiel at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Venture into the Gardens after dusk and immerse yourself in the bewitching glow of candle- and lantern light, accompanied by evocative recorded traditional Japanese melodies played on bamboo flute, thekoto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), and theshamisen, or Japanese lute.

This fall our Enchanted Evenings take place from Thursday, October 25 to Monday, October 29. Stroll Yume’s paths from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in search of haunting perceptions of a landscape that you can sense, but not readily see. Admission is $15 per person.

Parking for this event is restricted to the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and to East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Parking is NOT permitted on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume. If you park on a residential street, please be mindful not to block our neighbors’ driveways.”

2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson


Japanese performances, cultural arts, & food at Tucson Meet Yourself on Oct. 12 to 14

Tucson Meet Yourself, annual folk life festival to be held only at Jacome Plaza outside of Joel D. Valdez main library (101 N. Stone Avenue) and the neighboring streets of Church Avenue, Pennington Street, and Stone Avenue.

Friday, October 12 | 11am – 10pm (no performances between 2 and 5pm on Friday, but plenty of food and folk art)
Saturday, October 13 | 11am – 10pm
Sunday, October 14 | 11 am-6pm

Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers  performs on Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Church Avenue stage (just south of Alameda St.)

Karen Falkenstrom (right), founder of Odaiko Sonora drumming

October 14, all at Church Ave. Stage:

Aikido Shoubu Dojo at 11 a.m.

UA Kyudo & AZ Kyudo Kai (Japanese archery) at 11:30 a.m.

Suzuyuki Kai traditional kabuki dance performance at 3 p.m.

Schedule:  www.tucsonmeetyourself.org


6 takoyaki (octopus) balls

Info about Tomomi Katz’s Takoyaki booth (also serving Japanese curry/rice this year):

“Our booth this year will be on Pennington and Stone, close to U of A store in downtown. This time, we are planning to cook Takoyaki, and Japanese Curry 🍛 rice. 😊 We hope to see you at the booth.”

Takoyaki/ramen booth at 2017 Tucson Meet Yourself, with owner Tomomi Katz (2nd from left, back row, and husband Michael Katz to her left)

Japanese cultural arts  will be taught on Pennington Street (see map for Folks Art area):
Akiko Victorson – Japanese Shodo calligraphy
Chieko (Chi) Nakano – origami

Ai Ogawa’s “Killing Floor” book launch & reception on October 13 at UA Poetry Center

Ai Ogawa’s “Killing Floor” book launch & reception on October 13, at UA Poetry Center

5 to 7:30 p.m., 1508 E. Helen St. Tucson

“Join us in a celebration of Ai, one of Tucson’s great poets, and hear readings from her critically acclaimed second book and from the Poetry Center’s voca archives. Event offered in partnership with Tavern Books, which is republishing a 40th anniversary edition of the previously out-of-print collection.

After the readings, we’ll be hosting a reception with drinks and light snacks, free and open to the public.”


From Poemhunter.com:

Ai Ogawa (fna Florence Anthony)

“Ai, who has described herself as Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche, was born in Albany, Texas in 1947, and she grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Raised also in Las Vegas and San Francisco, she majored in Japanese at the University of Arizona and immersed herself in Buddhism.
Florence Anthony was a National Book Award winning American poet and educator who legally changed her name to Ai Ogawa. She won the National Book Award for Poetry for Vice.
She legally changed her name to “Ai,” which means “love” in Japanese. She said “Ai is the only name by which I wish, and indeed, should be known. Since I am the child of a scandalous affair my mother had with a Japanese man she met at a streetcar stop, and I was forced to live a lie for so many years, while my mother concealed my natural father’s identity from me, I feel that I should not have to be identified with a man, who was only my stepfather, for all eternity.”

Yume Japanese Gardens re-opens on October 5



“A new museum opening soon in Tucson will offer visitors a unique window into Japan’s distinctive cultural hallmarks.


On October 5, Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson will open its doors for the Fall 2018 season. In addition to hanging scrolls, prints, kimonos, and folk crafts, a permanent exhibition will be launched featuring objects used in the traditional art of Japanese flower arranging, or Ikebana. This collection forms the largest and widest-ranging collection of ikebana vases and containers in the United States. Many are more than a century old, others are contemporary, and most are handmade by Japanese artisans from bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, or glass. 

Ikebana arose about 550 years ago, born of placing flowers at altars in Buddhist temples. Unlike Western flower arranging which focuses on blooms and blossoms, Ikebana gives equal weight to texture, form, and structure, and to stems, leaves, and branches. And not least to vases – designed and mindfully chosen on the basis of their materials, size, shape, finish, and color to heighten the contemplative, Zen-like nature of a traditional Japanese floral composition.


From the first containers made of iron, Ikebana vases have evolved as the art of flower arranging spread from the Japanese nobility to commoners. Various schools of Ikebana also developed, pursuing differing arrangement principles. The vases used in all of them share a purity of purpose designed to complement but not compete with the creations they hold.

A representative selection from Yume’s holdings of more than 200 vases will be on rotating exhibit to illustrate the amazing breadth of design and materials in Ikebana containers, and photographs of flower arrangements will show how the vases are used in the different schools. The new museum complements week-long Fall and Spring Ikebana festivals held annually at Yume, in which dozens of vases are displayed throughout the Gardens with arrangements contrasting the diverse techniques of Ikebana practice.”

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Established in 2013, Yume Japanese Gardens is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from October 2 to May 2, it highlights five examples of classical Japanese landscape design and includes a replica traditional Japanese cottage, exhibits of Japanese art and handicrafts, and a gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals, tea ceremonies, and classes in Ikebana. For information on the new museum or the Gardens, contact Patricia Deridder at (520) 272-3200 or email yume.gardens@gmail.com. The website is yumegardens.org.

Tale of Heike by Tsutomu Arao at UA Holsclaw Hall on Sept. 26

The Tale of the Heike by Tsutomu Arao

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 – 7:00PM

HOLSCLAW HALL, FRED FOX SCHOOL OF MUSIC BUILDING, 1017 N. Olive Rd. (east of Park Avenue, south of Speedway Blvd.

“Famed Japanese Heikyoku artist Tsutomu Arao will perform the 800-year-old epic tale, accompanied by biwa. The Tale of the Heike is the greatest of all Japanese warrior tales and one of the seminal works that has shaped Japanese literature, theatre, art and film down to the present day. Heikyoku is one of the oldest Japanese traditional musical styles, similar to the troubadour music of medieval Europe. The story is about the battle between the Heike and another powerful clan, the Genji, and it ends with the total defeat of the Heike in the tragic sea battle at Dan-no- ura. Wandering troubadours, blind musicians, chanted the tale, and later poets and playwrights took inspiration from it. Arao is one of few performers who can recite the whole story in the original style from the 13th century and works to preserve the style. He has performed Heikyoku more than 900 times.”