April 7, 2016

TAO Concert Ensemble- pink and black

On March 6, a big group of us went to see TAO perform at the Fox Theater in Tucson. 
The weather was supposed to be unseasonably warm, so I picked out a black sha kimono to go with my new pink ro summer fukuro obi with the gold and silver nadeshinko (dianthus). The weather turned out to be overcast and really nice- perfect kimono weather. 

I was running a little late and have never tied this obi before, so after struggling to make a double otaiko musubi, I gave up and tied a basic bunko musubi. My rule is to always practice with a new obi before wearing it but I wasn't able to this time.

The fun part was I was the only one at the whole show in kimono, so I stood out. Afterwards, I shook hands with one of the TAO members during the lobby meet and greet and he was very impressed with my outfit. Afterwards, we went to lunch at Penca and then walked around downtown for a while. The spring flowers were blooming and the weather was lovely- a perfect day in the desert. 

I bought the new pink obi at Phoenix Matsuri- in fact, I was super lucky since I found 4 summer obi. I'll post photos of them soon as well as a few photos of my weekend of taiko and yukata in Phoenix!
More photos soon,

February 26, 2016

AZ MATSURI IS this weekend!!

Woohoo! Matsuri in Phoenix is tomorrow and Sunday!
My taiko group is playing on the ASU stage at 11:00am Saturday, so I will be wearing a happi coat all day and I will be in kimono or yukata on Sunday. It is supposed to be 88 degrees F in Phoenix both days, so I'm bringing a back-up yukata in case my black sha kimono is going to be too hot.
This year will be the 32nd anniversary and this year's theme is momotaro, the Peach-boy.
Hope to see you there!

Here are some photos from past Matsuri...

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