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Spring Enchanted Evenings

Let the magic of eventide bewitch you on a stroll through Yume after dark by the glow of lanterns and candlelight, accompanied by recorded Japanese melodies played on traditional instruments.

There will be live music and singing, too. On Thursday, March 26 and again on Saturday, March 28, talented local musicians will play evocative airs on the shakuhachi bamboo flute. And on Friday, March 27, join your fellow visitors in a sing-along of Japanese folk songs. Don’t miss it!

Date: Thursday, March 26 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Date: Friday, March 27 Time: 4:30 – 8:30 pm      

Date: Saturday, March 28 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Admission is $10 for members of Yume Gardens, $18 for non-members, and $5 for children ages three to 15. Please, call us beforehand at (520) 303-3945 to reserve your spot.

Parking is available for this event in the lot inside our main gate at 2130 North Alvernon Way and in the lot of the Tucson Botanical Garden, one block north of Yume. You may also park along East Justin Lane, one half block south of Yume.

Please note that event parking is NOT allowed on East Hampton Place, immediately north of the Gardens.

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Tea Ceremony

Join us for 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” (Chadō) 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 next tea ceremony takes place at two different hours on Saturday, March 21, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, and from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The ceremony is not intended for children under the age of 15.

Seating for this highly popular event is limited, and advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $25 per person for non-members. The ticket price includes admission to all buildings and grounds at Yume and is non-refundable.

Tickets are $15 for members of Yume Gardens (please, call the Gardens at 520-303-3945 to reserve your spot).

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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Intro to Forest Bathing

Forest Bathingh Bamboo Yume

The healing Japanese practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, involves deeply attuning your senses to your surroundings on a forest walk so as to experience a health-restoring sense of well-being. A way to calm mind and spirit, it offers a range of research-proven benefits; among them are reduced stress, lower blood pressure, increased physical energy, and improved concentration.

In a similar vein, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist, artist, and resident of the Sonoran Desert, has developed the practice of mindfulness drawing in nature. In two experiential workshops at Yume, she will present forest bathing and her technique of mindfulness drawing and show how to combine them to tap into the energy or “spirit” of a natural setting and to experience “flow,” a state of energized focus bestowing a sense of being at one with your environment.

Sign up for one or both workshops! No art experience is necessary. The cost is $55 for adults. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Dates: Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 11.

Time: 9:00 am to Noon

For more information, visit: http://www.ecoartexpeditions.com/

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Girl’s Day Doll Exhibit

Japanese parents cherish their pre-teen daughters and hail their health and happiness with displays of small dolls – hina – every March 3. Ornamental only and not for play, they represent the enthroned Emperor and Empress and their attendants, garbed in the sumptuous court robes of 1,000 years ago.

These elaborate miniatures are the hallmark of Hinamatsuri, the Girl’s Day Festival. Most often arrayed on multi-tiered stands draped in red cloth, they are many times family heirlooms.

As part of the festival, girls hold parties with friends and enjoy traditional foods such as eaten by Japan’s ancient rulers and nobles. Superstition says the dolls must be stored the day after the celebration: leaving them too long on show may result in a girl’s eventual marriage being delayed. Doll displays usually end after a girl turns 10; a family will then stow away its set of hina treasure-like, awaiting the day when it can be passed down to a little girl grown into a woman with daughters of her own to honor.

Our doll set is a vintage one, more than a century old. Its Emperor and Empress have gazed regally upon multiple generations of young girls. You can gaze back, in admiration of their meticulously detailed costumes and their many retainers, on view in all their finery from February 1 to March 5.