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.