Beautiful Sakura photography exhibit to open at Yume Japanese Gardens on February 9


FRAGILE CHERRY BLOSSOMS CONTRAST WITH JAPAN’S HARD URBAN EDGE IN “SAKURA: PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TAYLOR”

The delicate pink “sakura,” or cherry blossom, is the beloved herald of spring in Japan. Outings to parks to stroll and picnic under blooming cherry trees and to reflect on the fleeting character of life as petals fall are especially popular with residents of the country’s heavily built-up cities.

Opening next February 9 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, the exhibition “Sakura: Photography by Mark Taylor” departs from the usual idyllic portrayals of cherry blossom season. Instead, it embraces the opposition visible in the sight of nature flowering amid the dense visual grid of buildings, power lines, freeways, and signs in Japan’s urban jungle.

“I looked for the tension between the traditional and the contemporary,” says Taylor. “People have been photographed often picnicking under cherry trees. I wanted to avoid that and present the blossoms in a modern context, using the hardscape of cities as a strong graphic background.”

Although composing his color photographs in a contemporary spirit, Taylor also uses cropping and fragmentation and other techniques employed in traditional Ukiyo-e woodblock prints to offer a unique view of cherry blossom time.

In one image in the exhibition, a yellow commuter train hurtles past a house flanked by a blooming tree, an eruption of restlessness into tranquility. In another, a tree invitingly extends its canopy of flowers, but cannot be reached, standing isolated behind a hurricane fence with a sign proclaiming “Fire Cistern.”

“Sakura” opens in the Art Gallery of Yume Japanese Gardens on February 9, 2019, with a free artist reception for Taylor from 5 to 7 pm. The show runs until May 4, and all photographs in the exhibition will be sale.”

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Yume Japanese Gardens (yumegardens.org) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, 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 “Sakura” by Mark Taylor or the Gardens, contact Patricia Deridder at (520) 272-3200 or yume.gardens@gmail.com.

Performance Schedule for upcoming Tucson Japanese Festival on January 19, 2019

Hot off the presses, our exciting performance schedule for the annual New Year’s Tucson Japanese Festival, to be held on Saturday, January 19, at a new location, the beautiful Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with numerous dance/musical performances including taiko drumming by co-sponsor Odaiko Sonora, plus exhibitors, children’s activities, and food vendors serving delicious Japanese dishes.

Many thanks to donors for gift certificates to be given away as door prizes:Takamatsu restaurant, Kimpo Oriental market, Sachiko Sushi, Ginza Sushi, Izumi restaurant, Sushi Cortaro on River, Sushi on Oracle, Sushi Cho. Ikkyu restaurant also loaned our mochi making team a mochi machine & donated 50 lbs of mochigome sweet rice. Yume Japanese Gardens donated lovely ikebana displays.

 More updated info will also be on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/southernazjapan/.  Phone # for info is 520-577-1763 (leave a message).

Annual Tucson Japanese Festival scheduled at new location – Tucson Chinese Cultural Center on January 19, 2019

Here’s the official event flyer with list of performers, food for purchase, displays & presentations for our upcoming New Year’s festival. As usual there will also be door prizes from some of the Japanese vendors (i.e. restaurants) in Tucson.

First New Year’s mochi pounding festival was held at Yume Japanese Gardens, then at Rhythm Industry Performing Center (home of Odaiko Sonora), with the next three years at Pima Community College Downtown campus.  The TJF 2019 has grown larger, and will be moved to the lovely Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, with the same Japanese activities for children and adults, delicious food (takoyaki, ramen, etc.) and musical/dance performances.

Stay tuned for schedule of events in January, prior to the festival. More info will also be on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/southernazjapan/.  Phone # for info is 520-577-1763 (leave a message).

SAJCC’s Tucson Japanese Festival set for January 19, 2019 at Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC)  is hosting our 6th New Year’s festival, with new location at Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. (east of La Canada Drive, north side).

First New Year’s mochi pounding festival was held at Yume Japanese Gardens, then at Rhythm Industry Performing Center (home of Odaiko Sonora), with the next three years at Pima Community College Downtown campus.  The Tucson Japanese Festival  2019 has grown larger, and will be moved to the lovely Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, with the same Japanese activities for children and adults, delicious food (takoyaki, ramen, etc.) and musical/dance performances. Door prizes will be given out as in past years.

Ticket price is still the same: $5 adults, free for children 5 years and under.

Updates will be on here on our website and our  FB page:

www.facebook.com/southernazjapan/