Enchanted Nights

Venture into the Gardens after dusk and immerse yourself in the bewitching glow of candle- and lantern light, accompanied by evocative recorded traditional Japanese melodies played on bamboo flute, the koto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), and the shamisen, or Japanese lute.

Enchanted Nights takes place from Thursday April 19th to Sunday April 22nd, 2018. You can stroll our paths from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in search of haunting perceptions of a landscape that you can sense, but not readily see. Admission $15.

Tea Ceremony

Take part in one of Japan’s signature rituals on Saturday, March 31, 2018, and see why refinement and subtlety are by-words in Japanese culture. In traditional kimono and following canons of etiquette established nearly 1,000 years ago, a master of “The Way of Tea” will prepare and serve you a cup of matcha, or powdered green tea, and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble. The elegant art of the ceremony, the reverence with which it is performed, and the emotional effect it produces will leave a deep and lasting impression on you.

Two ceremonies will be held at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Because this is among our most popular events at Yume, advance reservations are required to attend. Please RSVP no later than March 26th, to yume.gardens@gmail.com, with your name, telephone number, and the number in your party. The cost is $15 per person, plus regular Gardens admission. Members of Yume Japanese Gardens pay only the ceremony attendance fee. If you must later cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible, so that we may accommodate others who wish to participate. Not intended for children under 15.

Note: If you have already paid but couldn’t come due to last months cancellation, please CONTACT THE GARDENS, to verify and secure your reservation for this event.

Zen Path: Kyudo Ceremonial Japanese Archery

Experience Japanese Archery at Yume Gardens on Saturday March 24th, 2018 from 11am to 2pm.

Kyudo (Japanese archery) is the oldest traditional martial art in Japan. Although the bow was originally used for hunting and for warfare, it is now used as a tool for developing and polishing a person’s character. Beyond just shooting arrows at a target, the practitioner works within a ceremonial framework to master form, timing and awareness. Elements of Buddhism, Shinto and Taoism are all interwoven into the history and applications of kyudo.

The bow (called a yumi) is about eight feet long and traditionally made of bamboo, although nowadays beginners and people living in harsh climates often use yumi made of synthetic materials. Practitioners typically dress in hakama and gi or in kimono. While standard shooting distance is 28 meters (about 100 feet), ceremonial demonstrations can be performed at “makiwara”, or short range targets.

For our presentation Arizona Kyudo Kai will demonstrate and discuss the basic elements of kyudo, show the standing and kneeling forms of the hassetsu (the eight step kata that all shooting forms are based on) and then perform a formal three-person ceremonial shoot called “Hitotsu Mato Sharei”. Afterwards we will welcome audience participation in discussion and we will teach the hassetsu (without bows and arrows in hand) to those interested.

Admission is $15 for the event and includes entrance to the gardens.

Ikebana Spring Floral Festival Extended until March 4th

Thanks to a generous donation of flowers from Trader Joe’s (on Campbell), Yume Gardens is able to extend the Ikebana festival through March 4th, 2018.

Once again we will be throwing open the doors of Yume Japanese Gardens to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds, museum, and art gallery that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

Our Spring Ikebana Floral Festival has always been among our most-appreciated events. Enjoy 50 signature compositions highlighting the wide breadth of styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms. Entry to the festival and all Gardens precincts is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15, members get in free. NOW EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 4TH!

Tea Ceremony

Take part in one of Japan’s signature rituals on Saturday, February 17, 2018, and see why refinement and subtlety are by-words in Japanese culture. In traditional kimono and following canons of etiquette established nearly 1,000 years ago, a master of “The Way of Tea” will prepare and serve you a cup of matcha, or powdered green tea, and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble. The elegant art of the ceremony, the reverence with which it is performed, and the emotional effect it produces will leave a deep and lasting impression on you.

Two ceremonies will be held at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Because this is among our most popular events at Yume, advance reservations are required to attend. Please RSVP no later than Feb. 13th, to yume.gardens@gmail.com, with your name, telephone number, and the number in your party. The cost is $15 per person, plus regular Gardens admission. Members of Yume Japanese Gardens pay only the ceremony attendance fee. If you must later cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible, so that we may accommodate others who wish to participate. Not intended for children under 15.

Ikebana Spring Floral Festival

Once again we will be throwing open the doors of Yume Japanese Gardens for a week to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds, museum, and art gallery that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

Our Spring Ikebana Floral Festival has always been among our most-appreciated events. Enjoy 50 signature compositions highlighting the wide breadth of styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms. Entry to the festival and all Gardens precincts is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15, members get in free. February 20th to 28th, 2018.

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.

Wrap Gifts Japanese Style

The Japanese have traditionally used squares of fabric called furoshiki to bundle clothes at public baths and carry purchases. They still use furoshiki  to wrap presents and lend gifts a special flair. Just in time for the holidays, you can learn to do the same.

Join our gift-wrapping workshop on December 8, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The class fee is $25, and does not include entry to the Gardens.

Reservations are required. Notify us at yume.gardens@gmail.com or call (520) 272-3200 to say you’ll attend.

Learn Ikebana!

If you have marveled at the floral arrangements in our Ikebana exhibitions and wished that you could make such striking displays for your home or as gifts for family and friends, consider enrolling in one of our Winter 2018 flower arranging classes. They are educational, entertaining, and will acquaint you with a quintessential and cherished element of Japanese culture.

Ikebana originated in the 7th century, under the influence of Buddhist priests, and is much more than a simple expression of creativity like the Western custom of putting pretty flowers in a vase. A disciplined and meditative art form with deep-rooted rules, it bestows special benefits on those who practice it: inner peace, and harmony with nature, both while creating an arrangement and when contemplating it later.

As a living tradition, Ikebana has evolved into a number of major schools over the centuries. We offer two-hour classes by certified instructors trained in Japan in the techniques of the Ikenobo and Sogetsu schools. Ikenobo is the oldest school and emerged in the 1550s. It specializes in a time-honored classical manner of arrangement. Sogetsu developed in 1926 and makes use of a wider range of plant and other materials to achieve a style that is more fluid and free-form.

There is a $25 instruction and floral materials fee for Ikenobo classes; Sogetsu classes cost $35. Fees do not include entry to the Gardens, and are payable to the instructor by check or cash in class. Advance registration is required: please email yume.gardens@gmail.com specifying which class(es) or sessions(s) you wish to attend.

Sogetsu School Classes: 
January 8   Two sessions: 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
February 19  Two sessions: 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
March 31  Two sessions: 9:30 am and 1:00 pm

Ikenobo School Classes:
January 21  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 23  6:00 – 8:00 pm
February 18  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 20  6:00 – 8:00 pm
March 18  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 20  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enlightened Heart: Fire-engraved Wood Sculpture by Ping Wei

Borrowing from a vast store of East Asian poetry, legends, and spiritual and philosophical traditions, ceramicist and Ikebana master Ping Wei of Phoenix, Arizona uses wood-burning tools to meticulously fire-engrave wood tablets and sculpture of his own design with calligraphy and other images that evoke the theme of the “Enlightened Heart.”

The exhibit runs through January 31, 2018 and entrance is free with regular Gardens admission. All items are for sale, tax free.