January 6, 2016

Finally- A couple Photos from the All Souls Procession November 2015

One the sun, one in the shade- just before I went out. My make-up is minimal, as I like it. The photo around my neck is of Lula, our dear kitty we lost in June; now I can carry her with me in the Procession. I created a special paper packet of some of her ashes, catnip, rosemary (for remembrance), and some sacred earth from the shrine at Chimayo, NM to place in the urn. 
I'm wearing tennis shoes since I have to walk and stand for several hours- it's entirely worth it. No turning back until after the burning of the urn! 

For more information about the unique Tucson All Souls Procession, click here. 
Here are some videos about Procession, including the history of the event, courtesy of AllSoulsprocession.org. ]

January 3, 2016

2016 Tucson Mochitsuki- January 9, 2016

Celebrate Japanese New Year’s at 2016 Tucson Mochitsuki

The Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition invites the
 Tucson Community to the 3rd Annual Mochitsuki. 
Learn about Japanese New Year’s rice pounding tradition
on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Pima Community 
College Downtown campus,
1255 N. Stone Ave. at NW corner of Stone and Speedway. 
11 AM to 3 PM. $5 adults & children under 5 free. 
Attendees should use the west-side parking lots.

The purpose is to bring together persons interested in Japanese
 culture and to encourage the community-building spirit of 
making mochi (rice cakes) as a celebration of the New Year.
There will be taiko drum performances by Odaiko Sonora, 
mochi rice pounding demonstrations,  games & prizes, 
free mochi samples, along with other Japanese cultural activities 
such as Anime, calligraphy, martial arts, kyudo (archery), 
singing, authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony, ikebana,and 
exhibitions from several Pima CC student groups.
Please come and join us for a fun day. 

For further details, see SAJCC website www.southernazjapan.org and Tucson
 Mochitsuki Facebook page,www.facebook.com/tucsonmochi/.  
Phone contact: 520-744 -7250, email wayne@southernazjapan.org. 
 This event is also sponsored by Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson

November 3, 2015

Whoa- It's Already Time for All Soul's!

Hi Everyone!
It's been an interesting year- and I haven't had as much time to post. The kimono-wearing season has started in Arizona and I have missed a couple of events at Yume Japanese Gardens due to work obligations (I have a few part-time jobs now!) but one of our signature events, the All Soul's Procession, is happening on Sunday, November 8th. That's when Odaiko Sonora and friends get together and process behind the urn and do our Tucson Ondo Obon dance.
We usually wear happi coats, kimono, and yukata and there should be more than a dozen dancers. For this All Souls Procession, I'll be wearing a wool hitoe kimono I picked up at a taiko conference a few years ago. The hanhaba obi is also wool or wool-blend, cream and black and looks great with this kimono. The whole ensemble is graphic and bold and should be appropriate for this event.

This time I will be honoring our beautiful kitty, Lula, who we lost in June this year as well as remembering an old friend that passed away suddenly on St. Patrick's Day. I will be putting prayers and mementos for both into the urn along with my own thoughts and prayers regarding this past year and hopes for 2016. The urn contents burns at the end of the procession finale- a fitting ceremony that for me, symbolizes letting go of the past to make way for the future.
To view photo galleries of past All Soul's Processions, click here. 

RIP Miss Lula Kitty- seen here under a wedding kimono

Look for photos of the event after next weekend.

July 24, 2015

The Imagine OneWorld Kimono Project

I wanted to share this with everyone-it's way too hot in Arizona right now to wear kimono, but at least we can all dream. 

This amazing project involves creating 196 unique kimono for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Read about the project here, and view photos of some of these stunning works of art from their Imagine One World Concert in Los Angeles, courtesy of their Facebook page.

The United States kimono has images of a astronaut, olive branch, Statue of Liberty, etc. 
Absolutely breathtaking- some more kimono are here. 

All images Copyright © 2015 Imagine Oneworld, Inc. All rights reserved.
The United States Kimono