Celebrate Children’s Day at Yume Japanese Gardens

Join in the celebration of Japanese traditional Children’s Day on May 3rd at Yume Japanese Gardens (1 to 4 p.m.)
Goldfish netting will test their dexterity, summer yukatas will keep them cool and colorful, origami lessons will give them a chance at making their own paper creations,  and there will be more traditional Japanese toys than ever to intrigue them. This event will end our Spring garden viewing season, so come for a last look at the gardens before we close for the summer.To purchase tickets go to: www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org. Tickets prices: $10 member adults, $15 nonmember adults; children under 10 years are  free.

May 5th (5/5 in the calendar) used to be  Boys’ Day in the Japanese culture, but in Japan it is now Children’s Day.  (Girls’ Day is celebrated on March 3rd – 3/3). However, back in Hawaii, the locals celebrate it still as Boys’ Day where families fly the koi  (carp windsocks) outside their homes corresponding to the number of boys in their family.  (Being as I had two brothers, we always used to fly two koi).

Happy Children’s (and Boys’) Day!

Please note that Yume gardens closes for the summer months, from May 4 to September 30, 2014.

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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND IN PERSON, TUNE IN ON TV, OR WATCH ONLINE: Friday, May 2, 2014 to watch the TV series: World Harmony: Can It Happen? (which tries to create more peace, empathy, understanding, compassion, kindness, well-being, happiness, fulfillment, and human harmony in our world.)

    The program will explore the topic –


    Featured Guests”

    MARY TERRY SCHILTZ, Community Advocate

    JOHN R. BRAKEY, Co-Founder of AUDITAZ

    MARTHA DOMINGUEZ, Human Rights Activist

    JULIE JENNINGS PATTERSON. Organizer for the campaign and petition: Don’t Let Access Tucson Disappear

    To SIGN THE PETITION, please click: MoveOn.org Save Access Tucson Petition.

    Time of Program: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Tucson Arizona time) .

    Where: Come To Access Tucson, 124 East Broadway (Studio A), Tucson AZ and attend the live program in person as a member of the Studio Audience (Please arrive at the studio by 5:45 PM) OR TUNE IN and watch this program on TV locally on Cox Community Cable Channel 20, Comcast Channel 74, or streaming on the worldwide web at http://www.accesstucson.org
    (Please check prior to the start of the program to be sure you have the software on your computer to watch the program and also please adjust for time differences depending upon where you live

    OR Watch REBROADCASTS of this program to be shown locally from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (again please adjust for time differences depending upon where you live) on Mondays. May 12th, 19th, 26t h and June 2nd and 9th. on Cox Community Cable Channel 20, Comcast Channel 74, or streaming at http://www.accesstucson.org

    For more information, please contact Stuart Thomas, Host and Independent

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