Fall Enchanted Evenings

Venture into the Gardens after dusk and immerse yourself in the bewitching glow of candle- and lantern light, accompanied by evocative recorded traditional Japanese melodies played on bamboo flute, the koto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), and the shamisen, or Japanese lute.

This fall our Enchanted Evenings run from Thursday, October 25 to Monday, October 29. Stroll Yume’s paths from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in search of haunting perceptions of a landscape that you can sense, but not readily see. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Parking for this event is restricted to the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and to East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Non-resident curbside parking is NOT permitted anywhere along East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume. If you park on a residential street, please be mindful not to block our neighbors’ driveways.

Tea Ceremony

Join in one of Japan’s most distinctive rituals on Saturday, October 27 and see why refinement and subtlety are by-words in Japanese culture. In traditional kimono and following canons of etiquette established nearly 1,000 years ago, a master of “The Way of Tea” will prepare and serve you a cup of matcha, or powdered green tea, and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble.

The ceremony will be held at 3:00 pm. Because this is among our most popular events at Yume, advance reservations are required to attend. Please RSVP no later than Oct. 20, to yume.gardens@gmail.com, with your name, telephone number, and the number in your party. The cost is $15 per person, plus regular Gardens admission. Members of Yume Japanese Gardens pay only the ceremony attendance fee. If you must later cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible, so that we may accommodate others who wish to participate. Not intended for children under 15.

For this event, please park in the lot behind our main gate on North Alvernon Way, or on East Justin Lane, one half block south of Yume. Parking is NOT permitted on East Hampton Place, on the north side of the Gardens.

Calligraphy Workshop

The delicate art of classical Japanese calligraphy is at heart a practice of Zen-like physical and spiritual engagement, once reserved for emperors and nobles. Now you can lose yourself in its deep appeal during an absorbing hands-on seminar with nationally-known calligraphy artist Yoshi Nakano. This two-day workshop takes place Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Born in Japan and a graduate of the Art College of Nagoya, Nakano has been practicing calligraphy since the age of seven. He has exhibited award-winning traditional, contemporary, and abstract ink brush work in shows in the Northeast and Southwest, and his drawings are in private collections in New York City, Chicago, Santa Fe, Tucson, and California.

Under Nakano’s guidance, you’ll produce Japanese calligraphy in which the interplay of carefully meditated strokes of black ink on white rice paper fosters a dynamic oneness of body, mind, word, and medium. More than simply making art, you’ll become part of the very art that you create, and which you can take home to display.

All course materials are provided, and the cost of the workshop is $115; Gardens admission is not included. Participation is limited to a maximum of eight students. Reservations are required; please email yume.gardens@gmail.com no later than November 5.

Advanced Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop

One of the most popular schools of traditional Japanese flower arrangement is paradoxically modern: Sogetsu, which emerged in the 1920s. Since its development, Sogetsu has become a favorite among arrangers who prefer a broader palette of plant materials and a more free-flowing style of floral composition than permitted in classical schools dating back to the origins of Ikebana 550 years ago.

We are very pleased to offer a special workshop this fall that goes beyond and significantly enriches our usual classes in Sogetsu techniques. On Sunday, November 18, participants will have the chance to perfect their flower arranging skills and nourish their inventiveness in advanced instructional sessions led by Ping Wei, one of most creative and imaginative Sogetsu artists practicing in the Southwest today.

Born in China, Ping Wei moved to the U.S. in 1992. He took up Ikebana in 2003, and is a teaching diploma holder certified by Japan’s most prestigious group of Sogetsu instructors, the Sogetsu Teacher’s Association of Tokyo. Achieving such expertise requires years of learning and passage of rigorous examinations under the scrutiny of the highest masters of the art, combined with deep study of the philosophical principles that make Sogetsu a subtle, sensitive, and meditative vehicle of self-expression.

Our workshop consists of two sessions. The first begins at 10:00 am; the second at 1:00 pm. They may be taken separately, for a fee of $40 each, or you may join the full-day workshop for $70.  Because these sessions build upon each other, we suggest that you attend both; by the end of the day, you will have acquired deeper insight into the union of sophistication and simplicity that is Ikebana – and you will have created at least two breathtaking arrangements to display to your family and friends.

Fees are payable in class by cash or by check made out to the instructor and cover all materials used in the workshop. Admission to the Gardens is not included. Advance registration is required by November 11; please email yume.gardens@gmail.org indicating which session(s) you plan to attend.