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

Two tea ceremonies at Yume Japanese Gardens on April 16

Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

“The Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu (translated literally as “hot water for tea”), is a cherished ritual involving the preparation and presentation of powdered green tea in a highly stylized manner.

A host and a guest, wearing traditional Japanese kimono specific to the ceremony, will demonstrate how tea has been prepared, served, and enjoyed in Japan since the 12th century.

Tea will be served to participants adhering to current health and safety guidelines.

General admission: $25 per person (includes Gardens admission).

Member admission: $15

Advanced ticket reservation is required. “

This is a limited admission event to guarantee social distancing to our guests.

Traditional Matcha Tasting/Grinding & Stone Lantern Walk on April 9 at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Famous fifth generation stone carver and artist, Takaaki Saida, is joining us all the way from Kyoto, Japan. The art of stone grinding tea was first brought over to Japan in the 12th century. Green tea leaves were ground into a fine powder, added to a bowl with hot water and whisked into a frothy cup of matcha.
This workshop is your chance to learn in depth about all forms of Japanese stone craftsmanship while touring the Gardens. This tour will include introductions on the hand chiseled stone lanterns often seen in Japanese Gardens as well as hand shaped stone mills used for matcha making.

Master Saida will demonstrate and introduce his hand hewn stone tea mill. Participants will have a chance to try using the stone mill on their own and grinding green tea leaves into extremely fine matcha powder.

Guests will use the resulting fresh matcha to drink a cup of tea as well as eat a traditional Japanese sweet while enjoying the Zen garden views.”

Purchase Tickets

Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event.

General Admission $30 includes lecture, tour, milling lesson, Tea hand ground by Master Saida’s Japanese Stone Mill, tea sweet and Gardens Admission for the day.

Workshop Schedule:
– Introduction from Master Saida on the ancient art of stone carving in Japan.
– Strolling with a tour to discover and learn about stone lanterns in our Garden and in Japan.
– Experience Matcha (green tea) ground by Master Saida’s stone mill with a fresh cup of hand milled matcha and Japanese tea sweets.
– Q&A session with Master Saida