Learn how to make a New Year’s Kadomatsu at Yume Japanese Gardens on Dec. 14

” We will demonstrate how to make a large, traditional Japanese New Year’s arrangement, made with pine and bamboo, called a kadomatsu. In Japan, these arrangements flank the entrances of homes and shops in pairs to welcome ancestral spirits and to assure prosperity in the New Year. The demo is free with regular Gardens admission. After the demonstration, a hands-on workshop at 1:00 pm gives you the opportunity to make your own small kadomatsu to take home. Workshop cost: $30. Reservations required.”

Sat. Dec. 14, from 11 to 2 p.m. at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson


Tucson Japanese Meet Up Luncheon on Dec. 7 at Wok & Roll restaurant


みなさま いかがお過ごしでしょうか。

ツーソンにお住まいの日本人あるいは日本文化に興味のある方の親睦の場として今年最後の交流会Tucson Japanese Meet-Up(食事会)を下記の通り計画しました。


今回は1月18日に行われるTucson Japanese Festival(ポスター添付)のボランテイアの応募受付や説明もさせて頂きます。みなさまのご参加を心からお待ちしております。

日時:12月7日 (土)12時-午後2時

場所:WOK&ROLL(wokandrollaz.com/) 3000 WEST INA ROAD,TUCSON, AZ. 85741          

会費: 大人(12歳以上)$14  8-11歳$6 4-7歳$5  3歳以下無料                                       



参加ご希望の方は、12月5日(木)までに 伊吹之博 yibukijp@gmail.com

(cell: 520-907-1934)までご連絡ください。また何でもご遠慮なくお問い合わせ願います。皆様にお会いできるのを楽しみにしております。


We are having a party to promote friendship and interaction within our Tucson community. It’s also an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in Japanese culture. Let’s enjoy socializing with the people working in different disciplines.

Everyone is welcome, especially newcomers to Tucson. And we’ll give the information there to the people who are interested in volunteers of Tucson Japanese Festival on Jan.18th .

Date: Saturday,Dec.7th    

Time: 12:00-2:00pm                                          

Location : WOK&ROLL(wokandrollaz.com/)

3000 WEST INA ROAD,TUCSON, AZ. 85741  

Fee:$14 adult(12yrs and over),$6(8-11yrs),$5(4-7yrs) free under 3yrs 

(Tip included, drink not included)Please give the fee on site (accept only cash).                                                                                                               

Please send the names of all participants prior to Dec.5th to

Yukihiro(Yuki)Ibuki  yibukijp@gmail.com(cell: 520-907-1934)

Please feel free to ask any questions. Thank you. 

Frank Tomizuka Ceramic Sale on November 24 at his studio in Tucson

“Please come and celebrate another year of reduction fired stoneware making. 

-naturalistic pottery influenced by Japanese ceramics.
-simple pots meant to be pleasing, useful and promote a connection with nature.

All the usual treats and drinks will be available and please feel free to tour our home. Kim will be your excellent tour guide.

-hope to see you!!  <3

2046 E. 4th St (SW corner of Olsen and 4th St.) 10-4 pm.”

Photos of Japan at Public History Collaborative workshop on Nov. 20 at UA Cesar Chavez Building

“Please join the Public History Collaborative Monthly Workshop on Wednesday 20 November, at 10am, in Chavez 406 (on the 4th floor), to seeKaren Zimmerman’s beautiful family photographs taken in Japan and the U.S. in the early to mid 20th century. She will do a show and tell and will invite us to help her think through preservation, donation and the creation of an art project grounded in these materials.

 We will provide free parking for all non-U of A visitors.

 Please share the flyer with your networks within and outside of the university.

 Snacks provided!”

 For more information, contact Marya McQuirter,mmcquirter@email.arizona.edu.

(I am a new faculty member in the Department of History and Director of the Public History Collaborative (PHC), a new initiative promoting a collaborative approach to history within and outside of the university. The PHC hosts monthly workshops that seek to model this collaborative ethic by having a presenter share an idea or project (for 15-20 minutes) and then be in conversation with attendees. Next week, Karen Zimmerman, art dept faculty, will share family photographs of Japan and U.S. from the early-mid 20th century.)

Fall Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 16 to 24

“Dozens of signature floral compositions reveal the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles during the Fall Ikebana Floral Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson.

Ikebana is the traditional art of Japanese flower arranging. Ikebana – “living flowers” – uniquely emphasizes shape, line, and form by giving equal weight to the branches, stems, and leaves of a plant rather than merely arranging its blooms. Classical Ikebana dates to the 15th century and successor schools have emerged since. In all of them, deep-rooted design rules and a Zen-like discipline subtly harmonize nature and the hand of the arranger.

Dozens of signature arrangements created by students and teachers of five major schools of Ikebana practice will adorn the grounds and buildings of Yume during the festival. One of the largest such combined exhibitions in Arizona, it offers an unusually broad look at the variety of styles in Japanese flower arranging. A further attraction lies in the vases in which the arrangements are displayed, many of them handmade in Japan with a refined elegance.

The Fall Ikebana Floral Festival runs from November 16-24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15. Adult admission for members of Yume Japanese Gardens is $10.”

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Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. It features six examples of classical Japanese landscape design, a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a museum of Japanese art and handicrafts, an art gallery, and a gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals, tea ceremonies, and Ikebana classes. For more information about the Gardens, contact Patricia Deridder at (520) 272-3200 or yume.gardens@gmail.com, or visit yumegardens.org.