Spring Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Feb. 20 to 28, 2018

As always, go to www.yumegardens.org for further information.

“Once again we will be throwing open the doors of Yume Japanese Gardens for a week to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds, museum, and art gallery that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

Our Spring Ikebana Floral Festival has always been among our most-appreciated events. Enjoy 50 signature compositions highlighting the wide breadth of styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms. Entry to the festival and all Gardens precincts is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15, members get in free. February 20th to 28th, 2018.”

Annual Girls’ Day doll display at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures


On display Feb. 1, to March 4, 2018.

“Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day is an annual holiday in Japan held on March 3rd, which honors the health and well-being of girls. The holiday celebration includes special foods and sweets and the exhibit of a plum tree, flowers and a Hina doll display. The doll display is set up by families in mid-February to rid the girls of bad spirits and to renew and strengthen their character. The custom of erecting a doll display is rooted in a traditional belief that dolls have the power to contain bad spirits. To rid their homes of evil spirits, ancient Japanese people had a ritual called Hinanagashi, in which straw Hina dolls were set afloat on a boat down a river out to sea. In some regions of Japan, people follow this tradition and float the dolls from the Hina display on Girls’ Day.

The Hina doll display includes ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress and their court set on a seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet or cloth. Since Hinamatsuri was first celebrated in the Heian period (10th and 11th centuries) the dolls are dressed in the court garb of that period. The Imperial dolls are placed at the top of the display followed by three tiers featuring particular attendants or musicians. The bottom two tiers are filled with palatial items such as furniture, tools and carriages. Traditionally the Hina doll display is set up in February and disassembled no later than March 4th because it is believed that setting up the display early and clearing it out promptly will bring an early marriage for the girls. Failure to do so could mean a late marriage or no marriage at all.

The Girls’ Day Display at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a five-tiered display including 15 dolls and other symbolic accessories. The display dates to the 1950s and was donated to the museum in 2014 by Nancy Phillips.”

Mini Time Machine Museum is at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson: https://theminitimemachine.org/portfolio/girls-day-display/


  • GENERAL: $9.
  • YOUTH (AGE 4-17): $6

Traditional Sumi-e painting classes from January to May, 2018 at Casa Adobes Congregational Church

Traditional Sumi–e (InkBrush) Painting


Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 4pm
C: Jan. 23 and 30
D: Feb. 27 and March 6
E: March 13 and 20
F: April 10 and 24
G: May 15 and 29
This class offers a step–by–step
approach to traditional Japanese Sumi–e
painting. Each class will focus on one
subject—plant, animal, or landscape.
Use of a Bamboo brush expands both
our drawing and painting vocabulary.
Seven basic strokes will be demonstrated
and practiced during each set of classes.
The fluidity of brushstroke developed in
this class can inform and enhance many
various drawing and painting practices.
Fee:  each session, $90 (2 sessions)
location -0northwest tucson
Casas Adobes Congregational Church (CACC)
6801 N. Oracle Rd.
West side of Oracle Rd., south of Ina Rd.