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,

(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, or visit

Godzilla 65th Anniversary celebration at Otaku Nation on Nov. 16

Join us all day for our regularly scheduled events PLUS…

Godzilla movies

FOOD!!!!! Service by guest vendor Fat Noodle!

Godzilla trivia

Godzilla tabletop games (Chrono Clash System) and video games too!

Door prizes

And of course: Sharing your love for Godzilla!!! Got something you want to show off or exhibit for the day? Come join in on the fun!

Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Otaku Nation is at 3919 E. Pima St. (NE corner of Alvernon Way and Pima St.)

Bamboo fence building workshop at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 15


” Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson to teach the traditional art of Japanese bamboo fence-making in a special three-hour workshop.

Ben Schrepf, curator and niwashi of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, will teach participants how to build a bamboo fence panel using traditional Japanese techniques. Participants will learn how to properly cut bamboo and tye otoko-musubi, the special knot used in Japanese bamboo fence-making, and apply these new skills towards building a fence in the Gardens.

The workshop takes place Friday, November 15, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Space is limited to 15 participants; advance ticket purchase is required. Cost: $55 plus processing fees. Tickets are available on Student discount available; please inquire at

Learn more about Ben in the Autumn 2019 issue of Tobiishi, JFGP’s quarterly newsletter here. “