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Happy Chinese New Year of the Sheep

Well, it’s that time again to celebrate Chinese New Year.  2015 is the Year of the Sheep.  One of the Chinese zodiac calendars I refer to says of people born in the year of the sheep:

“Elegant and creative, you are timid and prefer anonymity”.

If you don’t know what zodiac animal you are,  refer to any online Asian zodiac calendar, in twelve year cycles of the 12 zodiac animals. 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943,  1931, 1919 are all sheep years.

My longest living relative Aunty Kay lived to 101, and she was born in Hawaii in the year of the sheep.  Must have been good genes and living in the tropics, as she raised 4 step children, 6 children, lots of grand & great-grandchildren, and survived her husband (my uncle Koichi, who died at age 94).

If you’re new to Tucson and don’t know much about the Tucson Chinese community, go to the Tucson Chinese Community Center website, www.tucsonchinese.org for info on classes, programs, membership, history programs.   Although I’m not Chinese, I’ve been a member for years as I love to play mah jong, an ancient Chinese game of 144 tiles combining luck and skill.

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd.

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd.

Happy New Year today!  And enjoy Chinese food today at the numerous restaurants around town.


Chinese New Year festivities coming up for Year of the Sheep


This year the Chinese New Year will be on February 19, but these are celebrations earlier than that at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road or at the JW Marriott Star Pass resort.

More info: www.tucsonchinese.org.

Also coming up on Feb. 14 a Chinese New Year celebration, 10:30 a.m. at the Himmel Park branch library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. (SW corner of E. 1st St. in Himmel Park.

Happy New Year of the Sheep.

Welcome Year of the Sheep at Yume Japanese Gardens


Saturday, January 3,  from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson.

“Pick up your brush and greet 2015 — the Year of the Ram (Sheep)— with a Japanese ink brush painting (sumi-e) and New Year’s card that you create yourself. Zen Tribe Wellness instructor and nationally-known zen calligraphy artist Yoshi Nakano will show you how to write your name and New Year’s greetings in Japanese, and how to create an image of a ram with deft brush strokes that you can mail to friends or frame for your wall.

 Nakano  creates inspirational brush works and semi-abstract calligraphy that he calls “brush art meditation”. Participants can then compare their technique to Nakano’s award-winning art, which will be on exhibit at the Gardens January 3-17.

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