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An Evening with Paul Amiel: Japanese Poetry and Shakuhachi

Gather with Paul Amiel beside Yume’s koi pond November 14 at 6:30 pm as he presents an evening of fall-themed Japanese poetry and shakuhachi, or bamboo flute, pieces by the glow of the moon.

Paul Amiel has long been an avid collector and player of ethnic musical instruments, including the Japanese shakuhachi. While living in Japan in 2006 and 2007, he studied under Iida Katsutoshi in Nagoya, learning how to play this elegant bamboo flute, an instrument in which sound is shaped by silence as much as by breath, following the Zen concept of emptiness and form. Since 2014 he has taught the instrument’s traditional repertoire at the Empty Bamboo Shakuhachi Circle in Tucson. He also frequently performs early music on the gothic harp.

To guarantee your space at this limited-seating special event, advance payment of a non-refundable admission fee of $18 (plus Eventbrite processing fees) is required. To buy tickets online, click on “Events” in the menu bar at the top of any page in our website. In the drop-down menu that then opens click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the purchasing instructions. Tickets can also be purchased at the Gardens during business hours.

Please park for the concert either in the lot behind our main gate on North Alvernon Way, or on East Justin Lane, one-half block south of Yume, being careful not to block our neighbors’ driveways. Note that non-resident curbside parking is NOT permitted on East Hampton Place, on the north side of the Gardens.

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Japanese Bamboo Fence-Building Workshop

Ben Schrepf, curator and niwashi of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, will teach participants how to build a bamboo fence panel using traditional Japanese techniques.

Participants will learn how to properly cut bamboo and tye otoko-musubi, the special knot used in Japanese bamboo fence-making, and apply these new skills towards building a fence in the Gardens.

The workshop takes place Friday, November 15, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Space is limited to 15 participants. Advance registration and payment is required. Cost: $55 plus processing fees. Register online by clicking on “Events” at the top of the page. A drop-down menu will appear; click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the instructions.

Special student discount rate: $25. Please email yume.gardens@gmail.com to register.

Learn more about Ben in the Autumn 2019 issue of Tobiishi, JFGP’s quarterly newsletter here.

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Fall Ikebana Floral Festival

Enjoy the beauty of dozens of signature floral compositions highlighting the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms, during our Fall 2019 Ikebana Floral Festival.

As we do each year, we open the Gardens to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds and buildings that reflect the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

The festival runs from Saturday, November 16 through Sunday, November 24. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 15, and includes entry to the entire Gardens, Museum, and Art Gallery.

Be sure to combine your visit with a walk through our permanent display of selections from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vases and vessels – the largest in the nation. Made of ceramics, bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, and glass, some are more than a century old, others are contemporary; all are carefully designed to complement the Zen-like spirit of the flower arrangements they hold.

Festival parking is available in the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and on East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Please DO NOT park on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume.

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Tea Ceremony

Join in one of Japan’s most distinctive rituals and see why refinement and subtlety are by-words in Japanese culture.

In classical kimono and following canons of etiquette established nearly 1,000 years ago, a master devoted to the art and spirituality of “The Way of Tea” will prepare and serve you a bowl of matcha, or powdered green tea, and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble.

Performed with all the formality and reverence that time-honored custom decrees, our Fall 2019 tea ceremonies take place on November 3 and December 1 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The ceremonies are not intended for children under the age of 15.

Advance reservation and ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $25 per person plus processing fees for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets include admission to the Gardens and are non-refundable.

You may purchase tickets online by clicking on “Events” at the top of any page of this website. A drop-down menu will appear; click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the instructions.

For these events, please park in the lot behind our main gate on North Alvernon Way, or on East Justin Lane, one half block south of Yume. Non-resident parking is no longer permitted on East Hampton Place, on the north side of the Gardens.

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Artist Reception: Paintings by Ping Wei

This fall, Yume is featuring the paintings of Phoenix Ikebana master Ping Wei. Wei frequently exhibits paintings, ceramics, and wood sculptures of his own design, as well as Ikebana arrangements, throughout Arizona. 

Born in China, Ping Wei moved to the U.S. in 1992. Before immigrating, he studied Tui Na (Chinese massage/body work) and today operates a healing arts studio in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is also a noted ceramic artist and master of Japanese flower arranging, or Ikebana. Commenting on his creative work, he says: “I express myself artistically for my own personal growth and to have a better and balanced life. I believe everybody is an artist, but you need to find it from inside, and through nurturing.”

The exhibition will commence with an artist reception on October 5 from 5-7 pm. Because the reception is being held after business hours, Yume’s gardens and Museum will NOT be open to visitors at that time.

The paintings will be on display until December 31, and all paintings are for sale.

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Tea Time at Yume

Join Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson and Seven Cups Fine Tea for a special collaborative tasting event. Zhuping Hodge of Seven Cups will host three sessions of guided tea tastings in the beautiful bamboo grove of Yume Japanese Gardens. Each tasting includes teas and tea snacks from Seven Cups and a Japanese teacup, from Yume Gardens, which participants can take home. Admission to the event is $17 + plus processing fees per person. Participants must register in advance for a tasting session. No garden entry. Admission to Yume Gardens is separate from the event.


The times of each session are listed below:

Thursday, October 10th. 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 12th. 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, October 12th. 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM



You may purchase non-refundable advance tickets online by clicking on “Events” at the top of any page of this website. A drop-down menu will appear; click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the instructions.