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.

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Free Kadomatsu demo at Yume Japanese Gardens on December 12

“At year’s end, Japanese flank the entrances of their homes and shops with pairs of kadomatsu – arrangements of bamboo and pine boughs – to welcome ancestral spirits and to assure themselves of prosperity in the New Year.

At 1:00 pm on December 12, Yume Executive Director Patricia Deridder will demonstrate how to make these traditional “gate pine” decorations. Attendance is free with regular Gardens admission, and no reservation is needed.”


Adults: $13.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Students & Military (w/ID): $9.00
Children 3-15: $6.00
Children 2 and under: Free


Paintings by Ross Iwamoto and Makoto Takigawa at United by Art show opening December 6 at Mexican Consulate

View watercolors by Ross Iwamoto (former SAJCC Director) and local acrylic artist Makoto Takigawa at this upcoming show, opening on December 6 at 7 p.m.

Ross Iwamoto is Sansei, grew up on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

Makoto Takigawa is from Japan, and got his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute.


The Mexican Consulate in Tucson is located on the NE corner of E. Broadway Blvd. and N.  Alvernon Way, 3915 E. Broadway Blvd.

Fall Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens from Nov. 20 to 28

Enjoy dozens of signature floral compositions highlighting the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms, during our Fall Ikebana Festival.

As we do each autumn, we are again opening the Gardens to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds and museum that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

This year the Fall Festival runs from Tuesday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 28, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, when Yume will be closed. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15.

Be sure to combine your Festival visit with a walk through our newest museum gallery, featuring a permanent display of selections from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vases and vessels – the largest in the nation. Made of bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, and glass, some are more than a century old, others are contemporary; all are carefully designed to complement the Zen-like spirit of the flower arrangements they hold.

Festival parking is available in the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and on East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Please DO NOT park on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume.

Yume Gardens is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.