Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Yume turns five in January, and we’re throwing a party!

Visit the Gardens on January 13 for a full day of festivities, including demonstrations of Ikebana, or traditional Japanese flower arranging, and of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper to create three-dimensional figures. Musical performances will range from traditional melodies played on shakuhachi (bamboo flute) to a recital of Japanese folk songs, capped by thunderous taiko drumming by Odaiko-Sonora, southern Arizona’s premier Japanese drumming ensemble.

The fun begins at 10:00 am and continues to 4:30 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 15. You can buy tickets at the door, or by calling (520) 272-3200. You may also purchase tickets on line: click on “Events” on the homepage of this website and then click on “Buy Tickets.” All tickets are non-refundable.

As a courtesy to our neighbors, please avoid parking on East Hampton Place (the street bounding the north side of the Gardens), so as not to disrupt local traffic.

The schedule of events and food offerings is as follows:

10:30    Ohara School of Ikebana Japanese Flower Arrangement Demonstration by J. Hyde  (Art Gallery Courtyard)

11:00   “Fold with the Artist,” Origami Demonstration by M. Fume Craig  (Main House Courtyard)

1:00     Japanese Folk Song Recital by Yuki Ibuki   (Japanese Cottage)

1:30     Odaiko-Sonora Taiko Drumming  (Koi Pond)

2:00    Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) Performance by Paul Amiel  (Japanese Cottage)

3:00    Odaiko -Sonora Taiko Drumming  (Koi Pond)

Hot and cold Japanese food will be available for purchase from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, snacks and beverages will be offered by Otaku Nation, Tucson’s leading Japanese anime and manga outlet, and by the Seven Cups Tea Shop.