Upcoming Events

Posted by Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, Editor

Please click on the Calendar link for more information on Japanese cultural events in Southern Arizona

For Upcoming Japanese Movies, go to our separate link: http://www.southernazjapan.org/upcoming-movies/


Japanese language study group starting up on Oct. 22 at Otaku Nation, 3919 E. Pima Street

” One of our university associates will be helping beginning level language learners acquire basic to intermediate skills in Japanese every Tuesday at 6pm (some calendar exceptions apply).

Starting October 22, now you have a place to go to meet other people practicing and learning Japanese! #tucson #learningjapanese #japaneselanguage”



Fall Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens from Oct. 24 to 27 (CANCELLED)

Stroll Yume after dusk in a beguiling fairy tale during our Fall Enchanted Evenings.

Lighting your way will be the bewitching radiance of glowing lanterns. Deepening the spell, evocative recorded Japanese folk melodies will accompany you, played on the koto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), the shamisen, or Japanese lute, and the shakuhachi bamboo flute.

The magic materializes Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each night. Admission for non-members is $15 for adults and $5 for children three to 15.

Parking for this event is restricted to the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and to East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Non-resident curbside parking is NOT permitted anywhere along East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume. If you park on a residential street, please be mindful not to block our neighbors’ driveways.

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


GUEST ARTIST SERIES RECITAL – Shawn Renzoh Head, shakuhachi

Guest Artists Monday October 28, 2019 – 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

Venue: Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd.

Shawn Renzoh Head, shakuhachi
October 28, Monday, 7:00 p.m.     
Holsclaw Hall, $Free

“An internationally performed composer and master shakuhachi performer, Shawn Renzoh Head continues to transcend borders through his music, mixing Japanese traditional music with a distinct western compositional style. Shawn earned his Shihan degree (master instructor) under the tutelage of Michael Chikuzen Gould and became the youngest non-Japanese shihan in shakuhachi. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music under professors Keith Fitch and Steven Kohn.”

Co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies and the East Asian Studies Department in the UA College of Humanities


40th Annual So. AZ Koi Assn. Koi Show on Nov. 9 & 10 at Oro Valley Marketplace



An Evening with Paul Amiel at Yume Japanese Gardens on November 14

Gather with Paul Amiel beside Yume’s koi pond November 14 at 6:30 pm as he presents an evening of fall-themed Japanese poetry and shakuhachi, or bamboo flute,pieces by the glow of the moon.

Paul Amiel has long been an avid collector and player of ethnic musical instruments, including the Japanese shakuhachi. While living in Japan in 2006 and 2007, he studied under Iida Katsutoshi in Nagoya, learning how to play this elegant bamboo flute, an instrument in which sound is shaped by silence as much as by breath, following the Zen concept of emptiness and form. Since 2014 he has taught the instrument’s traditional repertoire at the Empty Bamboo Shakuhachi Circle in Tucson. He also frequently performs early music on the gothic harp.
To guarantee your space at this limited-seating special event, advance payment of a non-refundable admission fee of $18 plus processing fees is required. To buy tickets online, click on “Events” in the menu bar at the top of any page in our website. In the drop-down menu that then opens click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the purchasing instructions.

Shakuhachi flute player Paul Amiel at Yume Japanese Gardens



Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson to teach the traditional art of Japanese bamboo fence-making in a special three-hour workshop.
Ben Schrepf, curator and niwashi of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, will teach participants how to build a bamboo fence panel using traditional Japanese techniques. Participants will learn how to properly cut bamboo and tye otoko-musubi, the special knot used in Japanese bamboo fence-making, and apply these new skills towards building a fence in the Gardens.

The workshop takes place Friday, November 15, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Space is limited to 15 participants; advance ticket purchase is required. Cost: $55 plus processing fees. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com Student discount available; please inquire at yume.gardens@gmail.com
Learn more about Ben in the Autumn 2019 issue of Tobiishi, JFGP’s quarterly newsletter here.


Fall Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 16 to 24

Dozens of signature floral compositions reveal the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles during the Fall Ikebana Floral Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson.

Ikebana is the traditional art of Japanese flower arranging. Ikebana – “living flowers” – uniquely emphasizes shape, line, and form by giving equal weight to the branches, stems, and leaves of a plant rather than merely arranging its blooms. Classical Ikebana dates to the 15th century and successor schools have emerged since. In all of them, deep-rooted design rules and a Zen-like discipline subtly harmonize nature and the hand of the arranger.

Dozens of signature arrangements created by students and teachers of five major schools of Ikebana practice will adorn the grounds and buildings of Yume during the festival. One of the largest such combined exhibitions in Arizona, it offers an unusually broad look at the variety of styles in Japanese flower arranging. A further attraction lies in the vases in which the arrangements are displayed, many of them handmade in Japan with a refined elegance.

The Fall Ikebana Floral Festival runs from November 16-24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15. Adult admission for members of Yume Japanese Gardens is $10.

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Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. It features six examples of classical Japanese landscape design, a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a museum of Japanese art and handicrafts, an art gallery, and a gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals, tea ceremonies, and Ikebana classes. For more information about the Gardens, contact Patricia Deridder at (520) 272-3200 or yume.gardens@gmail.com, or visit yumegardens.org.