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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 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. General admission to Yume Gardens is separate from the event and can be paid for on-site.


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.

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Fall Enchanted Evenings

Stroll Yume after dusk in a beguiling fairy tale during our Fall Enchanted Evenings.

Lighting your way will be the bewitching radiance of glowing lanterns. Deepening the spell, evocative recorded Japanese folk melodies will accompany you, played on the koto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), the shamisen, or Japanese lute, and the shakuhachi bamboo flute.

The magic materializes Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each night. Admission for non-members is $15 for adults and $5 for children three to 15.

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.

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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 November 3 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 $15 per person and non-refundable; you may purchase them 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.

Whether you obtain your ticket online or purchase it in person, you will also be charged applicable admission to the Gardens upon arrival for the event. Members of Yume Japanese Gardens enjoy free entry, and pay only the $15 ceremony charge.

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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An Evening with Paul Amiel

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, former music director of Tucson’s Rogue Theater, has long been an avid collector and player of ethnic musical instruments, including the shakuhachi. While living in Japan in 2006 and 2007, he studied under Lida Katsutoshi in Nagoya, learning how to play an instrument on which sound is shaped by silence as much as by breath, following a Zen concept of emptiness. Since 2014 he has taught the instrument’s traditional repertoire at the Empty Mountain Shakuhachi Circle in Tucson. He also frequently performs music of the Balkans and the Aegean with his own ensemble, Kyklo.

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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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 Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 8. 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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Spring Enchanted Evenings

Stroll Yume after dusk in a beguiling fairy tale during our Spring Enchanted Evenings.

Lighting your way will be the bewitching radiance of glowing lanterns. Deepening the spell, evocative recorded Japanese folk melodies will accompany you, played on the koto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), the shamisen, or Japanese lute, and the shakuhachi bamboo flute.

The magic materializes Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each night. Because this is our last major event of the Spring 2019 season, members of Yume may attend free.

Admission for non-members is $15 for adults and $5 for children three to 15. 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 that you see.

For sale during these evenings will be traditional Japanese foods, such as octopus dumplings and curry plates, served by Tucson’s popular Takoyaki Balls food truck.

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.

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Japanese Archery Ceremony

Shooting the Japanese bamboo bow was once a battlefield skill of samurai. Today kyu, “The Way of the Bow,” is a character-building art, a form of self-development that teaches the archer to cultivate technical precision, a clear mind, and freedom from distractions and fear.

Members of Tucson’s Arizona Kyudo Kai will draw their nearly eight-foot-long bows at Yume and let shafts fly from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on March 31. They’ll also explain the ceremonial etiquette, traditional dress, and shooting procedures and stances that make Japanese archery a discipline for both body and mind, simultaneously competitive and meditative.

As an arrow feels the pull of the earth, you’ll feel the pull of kyu at this exceptional event, which is free for Yume members. Non-member admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 15, and includes Gardens entry. To order advance non-refundable tickets online, click on “Events” at the top of any page in our website; in the dropdown menu that then opens, click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the purchasing instructions.

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.

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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 Winter/Spring 2019 tea ceremonies take place February 9, March 23, and April 6 and 7, at 1:00 pm. The ceremonies are not intended for children under the age of 15.

(All our Winter/Spring tea ceremonies have sold out. Check for new dates when we reopen for Fall 2019 on October 1.)

Advance reservation and ticket purchase is required; please RSVP to yume.gardens@gmail.com with your name, telephone number, and the number in your party. Tickets are $15 per person and non-refundable; you may purchase them on 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 you see.

If you must later cancel your attendance, notify us promptly by email, so that we may accommodate others who wish to participate.

Whether you obtain your ticket online or purchase it in person, you will also be charged applicable admission to the Gardens upon arrival for the event. Members of Yume Japanese Gardens enjoy free entry, and pay only the $15 ceremony charge.

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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Children’s Day Festival

Junior taiko drummers pounding out rhythms, colorful carp-shaped banners fluttering in the breeze, laughing children costumed shoulder to ankle in yukatas with flowing sleeves, assembling bento boxes with clever compartments for their school lunches, folding paper into flowers and cranes with flapping wings, and trying their hands at calligraphy and traditional Japanese games played with cards and chopsticks . . . .

It can only be the 2019 Children’s Day Festival at Yume, on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

An annual national holiday in Japan since 1948, Children’s Day customarily takes place on May 5. To beat Tucson’s May heat, we’re holding our festival early. But its aim is the same: to wish for the continued well-being of youngsters and to respect and celebrate their strengths and personalities.

Bring your children or grandchildren – or your nephews and nieces or even a neighbor’s child of your acquaintance – to Yume for an out-of-the-ordinary day in their young lives. They’ll feel special, and they’ll enjoy nature in the Gardens, the bright traditional Japanese decorations and dress, the non-stop play and craft activities, and the savory traditional Japanese snacks and foods available for purchase from a food truck to keep up their youthful energy. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 – 15.

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.