A Samurai Night at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 26

  • “An Interactive Samurai Performance and Movie Night
  • Join us in an interactive samurai show performed by Burai Productions, a Japanese Entertainment Group based in California, and learn about Japanese cultural traditions while getting first hand experience of basic samurai movements, sword handling, and manner of speaking. You will be challenged in a sword fight performance as only seen in samurai movies. Paper “swords” will be provided for practice.After this 40-minutes extravaganza, you will enjoy the movie “Uzumasa Limelight” (2014) which focuses on an aging background actor that specializes in being killed. The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.Samurai performance and movie screening will take place outdoors.General Admission: $25, Children 3-15: $10. Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event.For more information, visit yumegardens.org or email Patricia Deridder at yume.gardens@gmail.com.Yume sets capacity limits to safeguard visitors and staff and observes Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines for COVID-19 management. Timed admission tickets, purchased online, are required for entry; physical distancing and facial coverings are also required, in all indoor and outdoor spaces.
  •  In collaboration with the Japan Foundation LA, Yume Japanese Gardens is proud to present an evening of pure entertainment and excitement on Saturday, March 26 from 6pm to 9pm.”

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Music of Dreams shakuhachi concerts at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 17 to 19, 2022


An Evening of Japanese Flute

March 17-19, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

“Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson will host a very special art and music event, under the glowing light of a full moon, on March 17-19, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

‘Music of Dreams” features a shakuhachi, or Japanese bamboo flute, concert in a nightly scenery that glorifies the gardens. The evocative notes of the flute will accompany your moon gazing and leisurely walk along the paths illuminated by lanterns and candlelight.

An exceptional Photo Exhibit by Kate Breakey, from her series “Moon Song”, will be on display during those three nights. The artistry of the photographer, who has skillfully caught different phases of the moon with her camera, will seem to pay due tribute to the real thing shining in all its beauty up in the night sky.”

General Admission: $25, Children 3-15: $10. 

Advanced ticket reservation is required.

This is a limited admission event.

Five Japanese American authors coming to 2022 Tucson Festival of Books on March 12 & 13

Five Japanese Americans authors in various disciplines are coming to speak on March 12 and 13, 2022 in person at the Tucson Festival of Books at University of Arizona mall.

Naomi Hirabara (mystery). Naomi has been here several times in the past to this festival and has shared information about her Mas Arai detective series. Arai is a Japanese American gardener and sometimes private investigator in Los Angeles.

Amy Kibuishi (young adult)

Sequoia Nagamatsu (sci fi)

Mariko Tamaki (young adult)

Sophia Terazawa (poetry)

Go to Tucson Festival of Books author website link to learn more about these authors and when they will be speaking over the 2 day festival.Click on their name on the alphabetical author listing for their bio and appearance dates/times.

Last minute update: Sara Fujimura at Indie Young Adult Author pavilion on Sunday, March 13, 12:15 p.m. for 2 hours to sell/sign her books.


Hinamatsuri Girls’ Day exhibits ongoing at Yume Japanese Gardens and Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Girls’ Day exhibit started on February 8 and ends on Girls’ Day on March 3. This Museum is at 4455 E Camp Lowell Rd., east of Columbus Ave. in Tucson. Celebrate the girls in your family on March 3, 2022 with special foods.

“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.”

Arizona Matsuri will be virtual again on February 26 & 27, 2022

The Arizona Matsuri was at first scheduled for in person at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, but recently decided to go virtual again due to the rise in covid Omicron cases. Performances begin at 10 a.m. both days for about 4 hours.

“Watch this year’s Arizona Matsuri LIVE online from our website homepage, our YouTube channel, or our Facebook page.  

Check the schedule below for the approximate time your favorite performers, vendors, and speakers will be appearing during the live stream!


Arizona Matsuri | 2022 Virtual Program Schedule (azmatsuri.org)