Summer Haiku Walk at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 23

“Experience the Flower Moon with a captivating nocturnal journey through Yume Japanese Gardens, a unique event designed to showcase the garden’s beauty under the moonlight. 

This special occasion invites you to embrace the serene world of haiku poetry, on the theme of ‘Moonlit Blooms’, offering a creative outlet to express the wonders of spring, from the vibrant blossoms to the tranquil night. As you wander the paths, discover the perfect harmony between nature’s nighttime spectacle and poetic inspiration. Celebrate the season in an extraordinary setting, where the magic of the Flower Moon illuminates every corner, creating a backdrop ideal for poetic expression and personal reflection. Join us for an unforgettable evening under the stars, where the essence of spring and the art of haiku converge, leaving you with lasting memories of beauty and creativity.

This event will be led by award-winning poet, Kenneth Pearson. Kenneth is the digital librarian for The Haiku Foundation and the author of five collections of poetry, including two collections of haiku. He resides in Vail, AZ.”


Thursday, May 23, 2024

7:30pm – 9pm


$20 General/$10 Members 

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Japanese culture to be part of AANHPI Heritage Festival & Market on May 11 at Tucson Mall

SAJCC Council members/Volunteers Miki Pimienta will teach origami and Carolyn Classen will teach the Japanese card game of hanafuda.

Suzuyuki Kai traditional Japanese dancers will perform at 3 p.m.

Taiko drumming by Odaiko Sonora at 4:05 p.m.

AANHPI stands for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander, for what has been historically the Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month of May.

Schedule for festival from

Program Schedule:

1:00 PM Chinese Lion Dance

1:15 PM Welcome Speech + Tucson Chinese Dance

1:20 PM Sound of Thunder Korean Drum and Dance

1:35 PM Intermission

2:00 PM Indian Society of Southern Arizona

2:15 PM Siva Maia Polynesian Dancers

2:40 PM Intermission

3:00 PM Traditional Japanese Dance

3:15 PM The Philippine Mabuhay Cultural Foundation of Tucson

3:40 PM Intermission

4:00 PM Tucson Sino Dance

4:05 PM Japanese Drums

4:20 PM Halau Hula O Ualani (Hawaiian Dance)

4:40 PM Closing

Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on April 26 & 27

Don’t miss our last “Evenings at Yume” of the season.

Such enchanting evenings at Yume are always a feast for the senses, a chance to unwind and immerse oneself in the timeless tranquillity of a Japanese garden brought to life by the magic of candlelight. As darkness falls, the peacefulness of the gardens deepens and candles and lanterns become even more mesmerizing, casting an intricate patterns of light and shadow. It’s a time for quiet reflection, for appreciating the beauty of nature and the artistry of Japanese design.

The Evenings will be enlivened by the soft strains of traditional Japanese music playing in the background and the extraordinary participation of Suzu Mitsuyuki who will perform two short Japanese dances during the event on the theme of “Until our paths cross again.”

A delicious addition to the event? The Takoyaki Balls Food Truck will be on site!! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds too.

Dates & Time: 

4/26 and 4/27

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


General Admission: $19

Members: $15

Children 3-15: $5

Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event.Purchase Tickets

Flowing Balance intro to Tai Chi & Qi Gong at Yume Japanese Gardens on April 20

FLOWING BALANCE – An Introduction to the Principles and Practice of TAI CHI – QIGONG

“Join us for a rejuvenating time of movement and mindfulness while connecting with nature and nurture your wellness in the heart of our Japanese oasis.

This 90 Minute Experiential and Participatory Workshop will introduce you to the principles and practice of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Sifu Gene Nelson, a certified Master Teacher in these revered ancient arts, will guide you through a standing meditation, postural awareness, and deep breathing exercises.

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or new to these practices, you are all welcome to partake in this beautiful journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being. All attendees are expected to participate in the various movements.

This Workshop is appropriate for active persons with no gait challenges, who do not require assistance getting into and out of a chair. Most of this Workshop will be done standing. Seated breaks can be taken as needed.

NOTE: Sifu will make hands on posture corrections as needed. Hands on will always be appropriate and required so as to maximize the students’ experience.

Dress: Please dress as if going for an active walk, gym, exercise class.

About the Instructor:
Sifu Gene Nelson is a Certified Master Teacher for Tai Chi & Qigong. Sifu Gene’s teaching philosophy is one that is singularly dedicated to offering the maximum benefit from every movement regardless of experience. This is accomplished through an experiential teaching method spanning 35+ years with over 10,000 in class students (not Zoom), at his school in Metropolitan NYC and workshops. Sifu now brings his years of personal training and teaching to Tucson where he lives full time.”

Dates & Time: 


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


General Admission: $25

Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission class.

IMPORTANT: Attendees will have the opportunity to pre-register for a Ten Week program covering this topic in depth starting in October 2024. 
Dates/Time for the Ten Week program will be announced at the end of the Workshop.
Ten Week program fee for Non-Members will be $160 and will include an Individual Membership to Yume Japanese Gardens (valid for a year). Ten Week program fee for Members will be $120.Purchase TicketsV