Beautiful kimono exhibit opening at Yume Japanese Gardens



Kimonos made with exceptional skill from fine materials have long been regarded as great works of textile art, often hand painted, embroidered, or brocaded and sometimes costing thousands of dollars. Join us to view nearly two dozen examples of the traditional Japanese robe, ornamented with beautiful painterly designs.

This exhibition runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 23 and admission to it is included with entrance to the Gardens. Accompanying the exhibition is a permanent display of 19th-century woodblock prints depicting scenes of daily life in pre-modern Japan.

Yume Japanese Gardens, has been closed for the summer, located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way (south of Tucson Botanical Gardens).

A free reception to open this lovely kimono and woodblock print exhibit is tonight, 5 to 7 p.m. at the gardens.

For more Japanese cultural activities at Yume Gardens and elsewhere in October, go to our So. AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (Calendar and Upcoming Events).

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. About 20 people there tonight to view these exquisite kimono and obi (sashes) as well as slippers/geta, and about 20 wood block prints, and other Japanese art objects in the newly remodeled house in the front. New entrance to the Japanese gardens through this gift shop/exhibit hall. Exhibit runs through Nov. 23.

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