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The main purpose of Yume Japanese Gardens is to put visitors in touch with rich layers of Japanese spirit and culture. As the Gardens mature and growing resources permit, we will be scheduling varied cultural events, festivals, and workshops for members and visitors, ranging from the tea ceremony to exhibits and classes of Japanese flower arranging (ikebana), and calligraphy.

Other offerings will include performances of music on classical Japanese instruments and dancing by performers in traditional dress. And throughout the year there will be opportunities to celebrate calendar events such as Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday falling on May 5, autumn moon viewing, and the New Year.

03/01/2015 - 1:00pm
Hinamatsuri, or Girls Day Festival, is a time-honored tradition in Japan by which adults extend wishes for the happiness and health of their daughters. Bring yours -- or your granddaughter or niece -- to our celebration and view a stunning doll exhibit of the imperial Japanese court in ancient...
01/19/2015 - 9:30am to 02/28/2015 - 4:30pm
In mostly earth-toned colors, and with clear lines and mass, these works by Phoenix artist Ping Wei stand on their own as sculptures and also invite people to arrange flowers in them in the Japanese art form called ikebana. Exhibit dates: Jan. 19 - Feb. 28, 9:30 to 4:30 daily. Free with regular...
01/03/2015 - 9:30am to 01/17/2015 - 4:30pm
Japanese ink brush painting (sumi-e) has a long history. See it reincarnated in this showing of inspirational abstract calligraphy by Zen wellness instructor and calligraphy artist Yoshi Nakano. He calls his works "brush art meditation," and produces them by harmonizing mind, brush, and breath....
01/05/2014 - 9:30am to 05/05/2015 - 4:30pm
An untranslatable term, katachi connotes the essence of Japanese design. But one does not have to be an artist, designer, or connoisseur of Japanese art and culture to grasp it. As a concept, it expresses the appealing beauty, the refined shapeliness, the time-tested functionality, and the fine...
01/03/2015 - 1:00pm
Pick up your brush and greet 2015 -- the Year of the Ram -- with a Japanese ink brush painting (sumi-e) and New Year's card that you create yourself. Zen wellness instructor and calligraphy artist Yoshi Nakano will show you how to write your name and New Year's greetings in Japanese...
12/06/2014 - 6:00pm
Prepare to be enchanted as you join us on the night of the full moon for an original theatrical performance of the beloved Japanese folktale Kaguya Hime -- The Bamboo Princess. Traditional music on bamboo flute and taiko drums will accompany performers in masks as they engage in storytelling,...
12/06/2014 - 1:00pm
Just in time for the holidays, this two-hour workshop will teach you how to wrap your seasonal gifts with Japanese flair. You'll learn how to enhance presents by wrapping them in traditional furoshki, colorfully printed squares of cotton. If you're buying items at our gift shop to give at...
11/29/2014 - 5:00pm
We're pleased and proud to once again present a twilight recital of Japanese and Western classical music by Laura and Toru Tagawa on violin and Shiho Takeda on piano. Their 2013 performance at the Gardens was a sellout, so be sure to purchase your tickets early. $15 for members; $17 non-members...
11/28/2014 - 9:30am to 11/30/2014 - 4:30pm
Showcasing five schools of flower arrangement styles from classical to contmeporary, this three-day festival (Nov. 28-30; 9:30 - 4:30 daily) highlights the beauty of nature as represented by the traditional Japaanese art of ikebana. Fifty arrangements will be on display around the Gardens and in...
11/02/2014 - 10:00am
Before the use of chopsticks became widespread in 8th-century Japan, rice was often rolled into a small ball so that it could be easily picked up. Today musubi (also known as o-nigiri) are often wrapped in seaweed and are such a universal snack that most convenience stores stock musubi with...

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