Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens from Nov.27 to 30
Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens from Nov.27 to 30
36th Annual Koi Show, Auction, Vendor Fair on Nov. 7 and 8
Saturday 9am-4pm Vendors Open
Saturday 10am-2pm Koi Judging
Sunday 9am-3pm Vendors Open
Sunday10:30am Register for Auction
Sunday noon Koi Auction Starts
Sunday 1pm-3pm Super Raffle
Koi will be on display from Saturday 9am-Sunday 3pm
More about Johrei: http://www.tucsonjohrei.org/. “Johrei,” said founder Mokichi Okada, “endeavors to raise the individual to a more enlightened state of consciousness. The invisible Light of God, focused through Johrei, reaches the inner soul and transforms it even when received with a skeptical attitude. It awakens our divine nature by bringing it into direct contact with the Light of the Spirit.”
USB is the University Services Building, 888 N. Euclid Ave. (“West of Park Avenue at Second Street and Euclid Avenue is the University Services Building. The Departments of Human Resources and the Bursar’s Office are on the first floor. Other administrative and financial services departments occupy the building.”)
6:00 PM UA EAST ASIAN STUDIES ALUMNI RECEPTION (College of Humanities)
Location: Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way | Cost: $15
Relax at Tucson’s beautiful Yume Japanese Gardens. This tranquil setting is the perfect place for alumni, faculty, students, and staff to mingle while enjoying the gardens. Sample fine Asian cuisine and spend time socializing with friends old and new. Guest parking has been reserved in the Botanical Gardens parking lot (just north of the Yume Japanese Gardens).
Tickets $15, students free: https://www.uafoundation.org/NetCommunity/events/2015eastasianstudieshomecoming
Tucson Meet Yourself, the yearly folk festival in downtown Tucson will be happening again on Oct. 9 to 11, at Jacome Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library and at El Presidio Park just west, across Church Avenue.
Japanese cultural events of interest:
Saturday Oct. 10 at 12 noon to 1 p.m., Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers at Church St. Stage
Sunday Oct. 11 at 11 to 11:30 a.m. Arizona Kyudo Kai & UA Kyudo Club archery demonstrations, Global Rhythms Stage
Sunday Oct. 11 at 2 to 3 p.m. Mari Kaneta’s Suzuyuki Kai traditional Japanese Dance at the Church Street Stage
MARI KANETA SUZUYUKI-KAI Recipient of the 2015 Southwest Folklife Alliance “Master-Apprentice” Award SUNDAY 2PM. (Church Street Stage) Kabuki style Japanese dancers perform in traditional make-up, hair style and kimono. Led by Master Mari Kaneta who has been instructing for 40 years. Dances include classical Japanese music as well as instrumentals, pops/rocks and jazz/fusions.
Map and schedule online at www.tucsonmeetyourself.org
There also is usually Japanese calligraphy and origami demonstrations at the Folk Arts area in the Pima County courthouse patio, 115 N. Church Ave. Artists this year: Japanese Shodo Calligraphy — Akiko Nakagaki Victorson and Japanese Origami — Chieko Nakano. Folks Arts will be there Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 5 p.m. only. (but Akiko will only be there on Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
New this year: Japanese food booth serving takoyaki and ramen. Be on the lookout for delicious Japanese food in Jacome Plaza, in front of Joel D. Valdez main library (NW corner of Stone Ave. x Pennington St.), 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Hiroshima born/raised Director Toru Tagawa is travelling to perform in Japan in October. Toru’s wife and violinist for TRO, Laura Tagawa is seeking help in folding 1000 origami paper cranes to present to the Hiroshima Children’s Peace Memorial. She was inspired by Sadako Sasaki’s story of the young 12 year old leukemia victim (from the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 8/6/45), who tried to fold 1000 cranes before her death.
9/28/15 UPDATE: Over 1300 cranes have been folded to date, plus several hundred yet to be counted. So we are still folding cranes till Thursday 10/1/15.
9/30/15 UPDATE: Over 2800 cranes folded, so please show up on Oct. 1 to help string them to take to Hiroshima. Thank you everyone for helping.
10/1/15 UPDATE: Group of about 15 friends of TRO strung about 18 strands of cranes – over 1000 plus to date. Mission accomplished, so good luck to TRO on their concert tour to Japan later this month.
10/7/15 UPDATE: Laura Tagawa reported the final count as 3012 origami cranes were folded & strung, on their way to Hiroshima. Congratulations all.
If you can help fold cranes please pick up origami paper (3 inches x 3 inches) at Snow Peas Modern Asian Kitchen, 1402 S. Craycroft Rd. Larger sizes will be accepted as well. Origami folding sessions will be held on September 28, 3 to 5 p.m. and on the final date of crane folding — October 1st, 5 to 8 p.m.
More info on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRepertoryOrchestra?fref=ts
Gold Leaf Photos Put Shimmer and Shine in The Eye of The Beholder
Updated Antique Photographic Technique Makes Pictures Glow In Local Exhibit
“A long-neglected process that utilizes gold to render highlights with startlingly more depth and luminosity than ordinary photographs appears in a modern incarnation in the exhibit Gold Leaf Photographs by Kate Breakey, opening September 11 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson.
A Tucson resident born in Australia, Breakey enjoys international acclaim for her images that achieve luminous effects through the exploration of antique photographic processes that have become part of art history.
The images in her current show are modern versions of Orotones. In their heyday — the early 20th century — Orotones were created by printing a positive photographic image on a glass plate and then coating the plate with lacquer impregnated with bronze, silver, or gold metallic pigment.
In her resurrection of this process, Breakey uses contemporary media and technology to print her photographs digitally on glass and then flawlessly hand applies 23.5-karat gold leaf to the back of the plate. Light penetrates the glass plate, strikes the gold leaf underneath, and beams back, illuminating the image from behind and creating a picture that glows and shimmers from within.The effect is reminiscent of the luminosity of a gilded Japanese screen.
The traditional Orotones most familiar to Americans are those of Edward S. Curtis, the ethnologist and photographer of the American West who documented Native American peoples in a massive collection of images made from 1906 to 1930.
Since 1980 Breakey has exhibited in nearly 150 solo and group shows in the U.S., France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand. Her images are held in many public institutions, including the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra and the Osaka Museum in Osaka, Japan. She is represented by Etherton Gallery in Tucson, one of the Southwest’s premier galleries and the co-sponsor of the current exhibition.
A free opening reception and exhibition preview will be held at Yume Japanese Gardens on September 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Golden Images: Gold Leaf Photographs runs until November 20, 9:30 to 4:30 daily.”