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.

Carolyn Classen will teach you games played with traditional flower-decorated hanafuda cards as you eat Japanese sweets and sip green tea.

All activities are free with regular admission to the Gardens”,www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org.

Sansei (3rd generation Japanese American) Carolyn Sugiyama Classen (yours truly) learned to play hanafuda as a small child in Hawaii, has taught it at the Tucson Origami Club and to the APASA (Asian Pacific American Student Assn.) at the University of Arizona.

Admission prices to Yume gardens:

General Admission

Adults: $9.00
Seniors (65+): $7.00
Students & Military (w/ID): $6.00
Children 3-15: $5.00
Children 2 and under: Free

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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).


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