Japanese woodblock print show opens at University of Arizona Museum of Art

Japanese woodblock prints show at U of AZ Museum of Art opens Nov. 15

Below: Kunichika, Toyohara. Two Kabuki Actors, ca. 1870-1879; Woodblock print; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Murphey.


Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world”, Ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock prints genre that originated in the seventeenth century. Informed by depictions of city life, entertainment, leisure, beautiful women, kabuki actors, and landscapes, Ukiyo-e magnified the sophistication of the newly minted bourgeoisie who had found a playground in Edo (modern day Tokyo). This exhibition was curated by Ashley Rubin, M.A. Art History Graduate.
UAMA hours: Monday – Noon-5pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday Noon- 4pm
 Free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, and children. General admission for adults $5.
UAMA is at 1031 N. Olive Rd. (east of Park Ave.) on University of Arizona campus.

More info:  www.artmuseum.arizona.edu

Tradtional Japanese shamisen concert on Nov. 11


Aki & Kyle, courtesy of Odaiko Sonora

Aki & Kyle, courtesy of Odaiko Sonora

Aki Takahashi & Kyle Abbott in concert on Nov. 11  Press release from Odaiko Sonora: you are invited to a very special house concert featuring two of this year’s All Souls Procession musical artists. The Procession finale will be amazing, but will not feature some of Aki and Kyle’s most amazing work with traditional Japanese vocals and shamisen. If you attended their Yume Japanese Gardens concert last February, you know you are in for a rare treat.

When: Tuesday, November11 at 5:00pm We’ll begin with light refreshments as the sun sets, and then the concert will last about an hour. Refreshments continue as you meet the artists afterwards until about 7pm

Where to go: Karen Falkenstrom’s Backyard — 5732 E 2nd St (southeast of Speedway & Craycroft)

Where to park: Please park on the street. There is an entrance to the backyard on the east side of the house. Please use this gate and head straight to the back.

RSVP requested  to karen@tucsontaiko.org.

We hope to collect donations of $15-$20 to assist Aki & Kyle with travel and expenses. Sponsored by Odaiko Sonora with support from the beautiful Yume Japanese Gardens.

Musubi (rice ball) making workshop on Nov. 2

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“Please join us this Sunday, November 2nd at 10 am, for our first musubi (rice ball) workshop. Come and learn the history of rice balls in Japan, learn how to make them, and enjoy eating your creations along with some miso soup! The workshop costs $35 (does not include garden admission). Advanced reservation is required. Reserve your spot for this fun and tasty workshop by calling 520-425-1628 or emailing us at yume.gardens@gmail.com.”

Music concert at Yume Japanese Gardens on Oct. 25

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“Every culture has its beloved folk songs, and the Japanese are no exception. The singing duo of Yukihiro Ibuki & Mieko Iventosch will be accompanied on piano by Shiho Takeda in a repertoire of traditional melodies. Admission is $15 for members, $17 for non-members, and $20 at the door”. Concert is from 5 to 6 p.m.

You can purchase tickets online at Yume Japanese Gardens website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/japanese-folk-song-recital-tickets-13376400173?aff=eorg

Yume Japanese Gardens reopening with kimono exhibit

Photo of kimono  courtesy of Shakunetsu no Kimono

Photo of kimono courtesy of Shakunetsu no Kimono


TUCSON, ARIZONA  –Yume Japanese Gardens – the area’s first and only authentic Japanese gardens – will welcome visitors with major improvements and an exhibition of kimonos and wood block prints when the Gardens reopen for the Fall/Winter season on October 1. The non-profit Gardens are located at 2130 Alvernon Way, immediately south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

 Returning visitors already know that the Gardens consist of independent landscapes incorporating different styles of classical Japanese garden design, as well as a house and other structures highlighting traditional Japanese building materials and techniques.

New this season, however, are a museum and exhibition space, a bookstore and gift shop, and an outdoor patio where visitors can relax.

The new exhibition space will be inaugurated with a display of vintage and modern kimonos, the traditional Japanese robe. Kimonos made with exceptional skill from fine materials have long been regarded as great works of art. Accompanying the kimono exhibit will be a display of 18th and 19th century black-and-white woodblock prints.

“Since we opened in January of 2013, visitors have repeatedly expressed interest in learning more about Japanese culture. We’re now satisfying this curiosity with new facilities that will give people a better opportunity to profit from their visit,” said Patricia Deridder, founder, designer, and executive director of the Gardens.

“Over the past year we’ve had monthly musical and dance performances, seasonal festivals, Japanese language classes, and flower arranging workshops and exhibits that have been very popular,” added Deridder. “We wanted to expand on those offerings by developing a permanent museum and exhibition space to bring more aspects of Japanese culture to the public.”

Visitors to the new exhibition space will be able to inspect more than a dozen different kimonos made of silk or cotton and gain an appreciation of the characteristics of this garment and its many variations in color, fabric, and style. The presentation runs from October 1 to November 23 and will be followed throughout the year by a series of rotating exhibitions highlighting other expressions of classical and contemporary Japanese culture.

Free reception for this exhibit on Tues. Sept. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at the gardens.


Japanese Vocal and Chant Workshop with Toronto artist Aki Takahashi at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory on September 6.

Aki Takahashi, photo courtesy of Odaiko Sonora

Aki Takahashi, photo from Odaiko Sonora’s website

Odaiko Sonora (taiko drumming group) hosts this event on September 6, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“In preparation for All Souls Procession (ASP) on November 9, Odaiko Sonora invites you to join the first ever Viral Chant Group. We’ve commissioned the chant from Toronto artist Aki Takahashi, who you may remember from February’s amazing shamisen concert at Yume Japanese Gardens.

We want the chant to spread through the crowd in the last few minutes of the ASP finale. For this, we need some volunteers to “seed” the crowd. Aki, who is one of Odaiko Sonora’s guest artists for the finale, has agreed to come in advance to train people in Japanese vocal technique and learn the chant. The Chant Workshop runs 12:30-2:00pm and is FREE (though we’ll pass a hat).”

Aki will be performing a traditional minyo (Japanese folk) style chant.

The Rhythm Industry Performance Factory is located at 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. (just south of the SE corner of E. 20th and Tyndall Ave., west of Campbell Ave.)

Sumi-e drawing class on August 16 at Tucson Johrei Center

sumi-e painting by artist Joy Mills

sumi-e painting by artist Joy Mills


Join local Tucson artist Joy Mills at the Johrei Fellowship Tucson Center on August 16, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 3919 E. River Rd. for a beginning sumi-e brush painting class. Teacher Joy Mills provides tools and materials for $30, and discounts the class to $25 for those who bring their own. Registration deadline is August 13.

Contact Karey to register at kkaram@mail.com, 520-403-4408. Deadline to register is August 13.

“Monthly session in artful mindfulness meditation with ink, brush and paper: priceless!” www.tucsonjohrei.org.  Joy has been teaching a monthly sumi-e painting class at the Johrei center, and recently had a exhibition of her lovely sumi-e art at the Ravenscroft Gallery at the St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church:

A thirty-year veteran art teacher, Joy has taught at Pima College, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Drawing Studio, The Chinese Cultural Center and Joh Rei Fellowship. Her artwork has been recognized with a number of prestigious national awards.