“Spirit of the Land” painting exhibit opens at Yume Japanese Gardens on Feb. 7

““Spirit of the Land” opens in the Art Gallery on February 7, 2020, with a reception for artist Emily King from 5 to 7 pm. Because the reception is being held after business hours, Yume’s gardens and museum will NOT be open to visitors at that time.

In her work, King explores the concept of tamashii – the way that Japanese culture is moved by the spirit of a place, a sight, or a being, enabling glimpses of life through moments of wonder and awe. At times realistic, at times dreamlike, her pieces capture the world of the soul as well as the mind.

The show runs until May 1, and all paintings in the exhibition are for sale.”

www.yumegardens.org, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson

Japanese American Student Association forming at U Arizona

JASA – Japanese American Student Assn. first general meeting on Jan. 30 at UA Nugent Building

Meeting will be on the 2nd floor, room 210 where the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) office is located. Open to all Japanese American students. Nugent Bldg, is at 1212 E. University Blvd., just southeast of Old Main.

Info: vsato1@email.arizona.edu

Japanese Archery ceremony on Jan. 26 at Yume Japanese Gardens

Japanese Archery Ceremony

“Shooting the Japanese bamboo bow was once a battlefield skill of samurai. Today kyudō, “The Way of the Bow,” is a character-building art, a form of self-development that teaches the archer to cultivate technical precision, a clear mind, and freedom from distractions and fear.

Members of Tucson’s Arizona Kyudo Kai will draw their nearly eight-foot-long bows at Yume and let shafts fly from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020. They’ll also explain the ceremonial etiquette, traditional dress, and shooting procedures and stances that make Japanese archery a discipline for both body and mind, simultaneously competitive and meditative.

As an arrow feels the pull of the earth, you’ll feel the pull of kyu at this exceptional event, which is free for Yume members. Non-member admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 15, and includes Gardens entry. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

You may reserve your place and buy tickets online (processing fees apply) or in person at the Gardens during business hours. To order advance non-refundable tickets online, click on “Events” at the top of any page in our website; in the dropdown menu that then opens, click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the purchasing instructions.”

www.yumegardens.org, 2130 N. Alvernon Way in Tucson

Performance Schedule for Upcoming Tucson Japanese Festival on January 18

Our Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition is sponsoring its 7th New Year’s mochi pounding festival on Jan. 18, at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center (2nd year there). The festival runs from 11 to 3 p.m. and here’s the performance schedule below, with information on the exhibitors and food vendors.

Ticket price is still the same, $5 adults, Free for children 5 years and under. Cash preferred.

Gift certificates from Japanese restaurant donors Sachiko Sushi, Sushi Cortaro on River, Takamatsu, Yoshimatsu, Sushi on Oracle, Sushi Cho will be given out during the festival, as door prizes. Will update if more gift certificates come in by Saturday. Ikkyu restaurant donated 100 lbs of sweet rice for the mochi pounding and tasting.

Parking is limited, so please carpool. Also Sun Shuttle #412 travels on River Rd. on Saturdays. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/southernazjapan/

Enjoy the Year of the Rat 2020 at our festival. Year of the Rat t-shirts in color will be for sale (limited run of 100) for $20. Cash preferred, first come first served.

“Little One Inch” puppet play at Tucson Mall on Sundays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 9

“Little One-Inch is a popular Japanese folktale about an aged couple whose prayers are answered when find a tiny baby. The show features stunningly crafted marionettes, detailed scenery, and hand-painted scrolling backdrops. Young audiences are delighted by the magical elements, inspired by the idea that a little person can achieve great things, and reassured that love can blossom in unusual circumstances. Designed for ages 3-12.” Presented by Red Herring Puppets.

Sundays: Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2 and 9, at 2 to 3 p.m.

tickets $8
Tucson Mall (Level 2 between Macy’s and Forever 21