Children’s Day Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 8

“Join us on Sunday, May 8, 2022 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to celebrate the Japanese national holiday of Children’s Day at Yume Japanese Gardens.

Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) falls annually on May 5 when Japanese families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of their children. This year our Festival will coincide with Mother’s Day. What a wonderful way of celebrating moms and children all together.

The event will feature Taiko Drumming performance by Odaiko Sonora, Kamishibai (“paper play”storytelling, origami, ikebana for children, Japanese crafts, and much more!

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

The participation in this event will be scheduled in increments of 2 hour per time slot (10:00am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-2:00pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors.”

Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event. Admission Tickets: Adults: $18 – Members: $10 – Children: $6 – Children under 5: Free

For more information, visit or email us at

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Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson ( is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. It features eight examples of classical Japanese landscape design, a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a museum of Japanese art and handicrafts, an art gallery, and gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals and classes in Japanese popular arts.

Interdisciplinary Edo workshop at UA ENR2 building on May 6

“Interdisciplinary Edo: Towards an Integrated Approach to Learning & Teaching Early Modern Japan.This workshop seeks to bring together scholars from across the United States, Japan and Europe to think across conventional disciplinary boundaries toward an integrated approach to Japan’s early modern period. By taking historical, religious, literary, art historical, and a variety of other perspectives into account, we hope to create a productive forum for a new, transdisciplinary conversation on political formation, social interaction, and cultural proliferation under the Great Peace of the Tokugawa regime.”

Free & public invited. The beautiful ENR2 Building is at 1064 E. Lowell St. (east of Park Avenue) on UA campus.

Schedule of speakers at:


Launching ceremony of an Online Art Exhibition – “True Image: Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryūki) and the Art of Ōbaku” – at UA Poetry Center on May 3

May 3 (Tuesday), 2022
In-person/hybrid event

*Participants in the in-person event are expected to be free of Covid symptoms and masks and social distancing are recommended.

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm (Arizona Time)
Location: Rubel Room, Poetry Center, College of Humanities, 
Address: 1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85719

Livestreaming of the lecture will start at 4:30pm through the link at

This event will be held in conjunction with Dr. Jiang Wu’s Lecture on Yinyuan/Ingen. Please click here for more information.

A Tea Ceremony Performance Precedes the Lecture and a Reception Follows

The year 2022 marks the 350th death anniversary of Zen Master Yinyuan Longqi (隱元隆琦 1592-1673, Ingen Ryūki in Japanese). The anniversary of an eminent master’s death is an important occasion for commemoration in much of the Buddhist world. We are pleased to announce that the Center for Buddhist Studies, College of Humanities at the University of Arizona is organizing a series of commemorative events which will run for one year beginning May 3, 2022. These events will present and explore the extraordinary life of Zen Master Yinyuan and the great achievements of the Huangbo 黃檗 tradition (known as the Ōbaku school in Japan) of Zen Buddhism that he pioneered in China and Japan. These events highlight the intersection between religion, art, and culture in China and Japan and will be presented in both online and offline formats. Activities will include an online exhibition of works of art related to the Ōbaku tradition, academic lectures, musical performances, and tea-related events.  
You are cordially invited to attend our launching ceremony and the inaugural lecture on Master Yinyuan and his Ōbaku tradition by Prof. Jiang Wu on May 3, 2022. The online art exhibition True Image: Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryūki) and the Art of Ōbaku will also be launched on this occasion. Special events also include a tea ceremony performance and reception. These events will be conducted in hybrid format (both in-person and livestreaming).

Please register and indicate if you are able to join us in person and your food preference for the reception. To register, you can update your preferences if you are already on our email list and select the group “Ōbaku Ingen Events.” If you are not on our email list, please sign up for it by clicking and select the group “Ōbaku Ingen Events.” To indicate your preference for attendance and food, please fill out the survey at Further details and updates about future events will be emailed to you. Participants in the in-person event are expected to be free of Covid symptoms and masks and social distancing are recommended.

Japanese music concert at UA Crowder Hall on April 29

“Fans of Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke will love the final UA Wind Ensemble concert of the season! We are featuring this music in addition to works by Japanese composers such as Shuhei Tamura and Yasuhide Ito!We will be welcoming dancers from the Tucson Japanese Dance Troupe, Suzuyuki-Kai, along with faculty from the UA East Asian Studies Department!

Check out the artwork in the lobby by elementary students at the Tucson Japanese Language School and from Tucson shops like Otaku Nation and Heroes and Villains Comics!”

April 29, 7:30PM

UA Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd. Tucson, AZ 85719

Tickets $10:

Golden Week celebration at Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix on April 25

JACL-AZ Golden Week Celebration

“Join the JACL-AZ community to celebrate remembrance, resilience,
reconnecting, harmony with nature (gratitude), and children (hope).

About the event:
The JACL-AZ board is pleased to announce our first in-person community event since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Inspired by Golden Week — a week-long celebration of several holidays in Japan that occur in late April to early May — our community will gather for several reasons:
remembrance, resilience, reconnecting, harmony with nature (gratitude), and children (hope for the future). 
The event will also celebrate: Guest speaker: Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, J.D.,
Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (Former Legislative Aide to U.S.
Senator Daniel Inouye)
Gold Saguaro Tribute Award recipients – Kelly Moeur & Bryce Suzuki
Scholarship recipients
Essay-challenge winners
Appetizers and drinks provided. Space is limited, so RSVPs are required.”

Date and time:
Mon, April 25, 2022
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)Location:
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003