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Annual Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens

Don’t miss 15th anniversary celebration of Rogue Taiko at Rogue Theater

“Odaiko Sonora celebrates their 15th Anniversary at The Rogue Theatre (300 E. University Blvd. in Tucson) with two concerts, 2:00pm and 7:30pm on October 7.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and will be available from any Odaiko Sonora member, by calling The Rogue Theatre box office (520) 551-2053, or online at www.theroguetheatre.org.”
More info on taiko drumming troupe Odaiko Sonora at www.tucsontaiko.org.

Children’s Day celebration at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Japanese parents so cherish their sons and daughters that in 1948 they set aside the fifth day of every May as a national holiday to celebrate the health and happiness of their youngsters. Children of all ages and persuasions in Tucson will follow suit on Saturday, May 6, at the fourth annual Children’s Day Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson opened in January 2013 as Southern Arizona’s only authentic Japanese gardens. Each May since, the non-profit has attracted hundreds to its Children’s Day Festival, with traditional Japanese wooden toys, goldfish netting, yukata (summer-weight kimonos) for youngsters to wear, and handicrafts, such as origami (paper folding).

New activities this year include showing children how to make bento: box-shaped containers that are universal in Japan for carrying home-packed meals to school or work. Bento kits, assembly lessons, chopsticks, and rice and other food for the boxes will be for sale for $15.

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New Otaku Festival of Modern Japan coming to Yume Japanese Gardens

 Otaku Festival of  Modern Japan coming to Yume Japanese Gardens on March 4, 2017

“Tell a Westerner that Japanese youth are into costumed role playing, and what comes to mind may be an image of a teenage geisha in kimono.

Far from it, however. The hippest hobby in Japan today is “cosplay.” That’s a portmanteau word that describes making up and suiting up to adopt – and in the most extreme cases, even live out – the activities of characters in Japanese cartoons, anime movies, music videos, and manga comics. The most obsessed, full-time fans form a genuine subculture that Japanese social scientists call “otaku.”

Southern Arizona’s own lively cosplay community will turn out in flashy ensembles, elaborate headgear, and accessories in an Otaku Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson on March 4, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Yume is Tucson’s only authentic Japanese garden and the southernmost of more than 250 in the U.S. and Canada.

Festival goers can mingle with role players in outlandish outfits inspired by Japanese pop music stars, inspect others in fluffy skirts and petticoats in imitation of “Lolita” comic characters, and watch a screened showing of cosplay favorite Hatsune Miku, a “vocaloid,” or humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application.

Rounding out the day’s activities will be an origami (paper-folding) workshop, a display of action and musical Hatsune Miku figurines, a show of flamboyant Japanese street fashion, and an exhibition of another of Japan’s latest enthusiasms: BJDs, or poseable dolls with ball and joint sockets. They have a distinctly Asian aesthetic with often eerily lifelike features, and are customizable, collectible, and cost up to hundreds of dollars.”

Admission to the Otaku Festival is $10. Yume Japanese Gardens are located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, one block south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, and are open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, weather permitting.

For more information about the Gardens and the festival, visit www.yumegardens.org or telephone (520) 272-3200.

Carolyn’s note: Yume gardens opened in January 2013 and has been hosting a number of Japanese themed festivals including origami, ikebana, scrolls, kimono, etc.   Also March 3rd is Girls’ Day in Japanese culture, so celebrate and honor the girls in your life.

Beautiful 2017 Spring Ikebana Show at Yume Japanese Gardens.

If you don’t know much about the 5 schools of ikebana flower arrangments, here’s your chance to enjoy them all together at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way.

www.yumegardens.org for admission prices, hours of operation. “Winter: 10:00-4:30 Tues. through Sun.; closed Mon. Rain or cold may prompt early closure; to check, call 520-272-3200.”

Ongoing ikebana classes (February to May)  at Yume Gardens: http://www.yumegardens.org/january-2017-ikebana-classes/

Ikebana arrangement, courtesy of Yume Japanese Gardens

Japan by Night photo exhibit by Louis Rivera at Yume Japanese Gardens

Freelance photographer Louis Rivera will be opening his photo exhibit “Japan by Night” on Feb. 18, 5 to 7 p.m. at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way.

“Louis  was born and raised in San Diego, California where he first got exposed to Japanese culture thanks to the thriving community and local supermarkets. Wanting to share this culture’s beauty, Louis began practicing photography. He also co-founded a blog called Chasing Japan, where he writes about the Japanese culture and his take on photography. As a self-taught Japanese speaker, he also took a Japanese language class for a semester. Last year, Louis took a trip to Japan, covering half the country while recording photographs for the gallery, “Japan By Night.” The gallery features pictures of Japan’s unique spirit at various places during the summer months.”

Carolyn’s note: I have lived twice now for short periods of time in Mega-
City Tokyo, and Japan by night is a fascinating experience. Bright, neon lights in a vibrant, safe society. Louis recently served as MC at our Tucson Japanese Festival at PCC Downtown on Jan. 14, 2017. He has studied the Japanese language, traveled in Japan, & speaks better Japanese than me, a Sansei (3rd generation Japanese American).

Photo Exhibit Gallery opening 2/18 (Sat.) 5pm~7pm
Photo Exhibit 2/19(Sun.)~3/28 (Tue.) 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Exhibit included with regular admission to Yume Japanese Gardens.

(520) 272-3200

Info: www.yumegardens.org.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1273716746041298/

To see other great photos, go to FB page for Louis River Photography: https://www.facebook.com/LouisRiveraPhotography/