Postd 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/
Spring Ikebana Floral Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Feb. 20 to 29
“Enjoy the beauty of dozens of signature floral compositions highlighting the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms, during our Spring 2020 Ikebana Floral Festival.
As we do each year, we open the Gardens to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds and buildings that reflect the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.
The festival runs from Thursday, February 20 through Friday, February 29 . Admission is free for members of the Gardens. Admission for non-members is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 15, and includes entry to the entire Gardens, our Museum, and our Art Gallery.
Be sure to combine your visit with a walk through our permanent display of selections from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vases and vessels – the largest in the nation. Made of ceramics, bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, and glass, some are more than a century old, others are contemporary; all are carefully designed to complement the Zen-like spirit of the flower arrangements they hold.
Festival parking is available in the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and on East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Please DO NOT park on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume.”
www.yumegardens.org, 2130 N. Alvernon Way in Tucson
Tsuru for Solidarity paper crane folding event on Feb. 21 at Church of the Painted Hills UCC
_______________More info at www.tsuruforsolidarity.org.
Arizona Matsuri on February 22 & 23 at new location in Phoenix
All info at www.azmatsuri.org, including map/location info for Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix.
Check our Calendar for when Tucson-based Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers, Suzuyuki-Kai dancers and Arizona Kyudo Kai/UA Kyudo Club (archery) will be performing. All performance schedules on the AZ Matsuri website.
Humanities Talk by Harvard Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama on Feb. 26 at Koffler Building on UA Campus
Koffler Building on UA Campus is at 1401 E. University Blvd. Tucson
Shinrin-yoku forest bathing workshops at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 2 and 11
Intro to Forest Bathing
“The healing Japanese practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, involves deeply attuning your senses to your surroundings on a forest walk so as to experience a health-restoring sense of well-being. A way to calm mind and spirit, it offers a range of research-proven benefits; among them are reduced stress, lower blood pressure, increased physical energy, and improved concentration.
In a similar vein, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist, artist, and resident of the Sonoran Desert, has developed the practice of mindfulness drawing in nature. In two experiential workshops at Yume, she will present forest bathing and her technique of mindfulness drawing and show how to combine them to tap into the energy or “spirit” of a natural setting and to experience “flow,” a state of energized focus bestowing a sense of being at one with your environment.
Sign up for one or both workshops! No art experience is necessary. The cost is $55 for adults. Click Here to Purchase Tickets”
Dates: Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 11.
Time: 9:00 am to Noon
For more information, visit: http://www.ecoartexpeditions.com/
2nd Annual Haiku HIke contest ongoing till March 10
“The Downtown Tucson Partnership together with the University of Arizona Poetry Center are proud to announce the 2nd annual Haiku Hike literary competition. Twenty winning haiku poems will be printed on acrylic signage and displayed in downtown planters located on Congress Street and Stone Avenue in Downtown Tucson. These signs will provide visual and cultural interest throughout the spring season, beginning April 3.
What is a Haiku…
… a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven and five.
All haiku entries will be judged by Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert.
This year’s theme will be “Living in the Present Moment.” Learn more about how to write a haiku here.
Only one entry per person, with a maximum of three haiku allowed. Submissions will be accepted through March 10. Winners will be announced on Downtown Tucson Partnership’s website, social media and by email to all entrants on March 19. All winners will receive public recognition and have their work featured on public signage, online and in the media.
A few general rules:
- One entry per person, with a maximum of three haiku allowed.
- Once your haiku are submitted, you aren’t able to edit them. So be sure to look them over before you submit.”
A Haiku Writing Walk at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 13
A Haiku Writing Walk
with world renowned haikuists
Yukihiro Ibuki and Danny Bland
Friday, March 13, 1 pm
Space is limited. Please call 520-303-3945 to reserve your spot.
” A haiku writing walk is a time to observe, reflect on, and collect perceptions and images both of nature and life which are used in the appreciation and creation of haiku, the iconic Japanese short poem.
In this 2-hour workshop, we will begin with the reading of haiku (in English and Japanese) and a discussion of the history, form, characteristics and dynamic of haiku, led by haikuists Yukihiro Ibuki and Danny Bland. We will then spend a quiet time in the gardens to read haiku placed in various locations and to gather our own personal images and impressions. An informal time then follows where we will enjoy, appreciate, and share our impressions and haiku together.
Yukihiro Ibuki was born in Kyoto, Japan and has composed Haiku since high school, belonging to the Haiku association “Kyo-kanoko.” His poems were selected as Outstanding Haiku at the Arizona Matsuri Haiku Expo in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Danny Bland is a novelist, a haikuist and a tour managerist (manager). He is the author of two volumes of haiku titled, “I Apologize In Advance For The Awful Things I’m Gonna Do” and “We Shouldn’t Be Doing This” (Stabby Crow Press). You can read a new haiku everyday on his Facebook.”