Shuka Parker – Japanese Calligraphy

I was born in Hyogo Prefecture, Minamiawaji City, Japan. I have practiced calligraphy since my childhood and learned from ​a master of calligraphy, Rumiko Fukuda. My children do calligraphy as well, because they are good artists and it’s good to learn Japanese traditions and culture. I teach them sometimes. ​​​Calligraphy helps me focus and be … Read more

Miki Pimienta – Japanese Furoshiki

The Japanese Art of Wrapping is called Furoshiki. Japanese wrapping cloths, called Furoshiki, are traditionally used to wrap and/or transport goods. They are typically square and available in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs. Furoshiki can wrap virtually any shape and size by using simple wrapping techniques. It is perfect for wrapping gifts such as wine … Read more

Kiyoko Matsuyama – Japanese Ikebana

Kiyoko Matsuyama will demonstrate how to create beautiful Japanese flower arrangements called ikebana. Kiyoko is a member of the Ohara School of Ikebana Arizona Chapter. Ikebana is a traditional art form that has been practiced in Japan for more than 600 years. Founded in 1895, Ohara is one of the largest schools, with 160 chapters … Read more

Nagoyaka – Traditional Music of Japan

NAGOYAKA 和やか (“Peace”) is an ensemble of musicians playing traditional Japanese music in Tucson. Masako Yasui (koto; Ikuta ryu), Koryo Yasui (shakuhachi; Tozan ryu), Paul Amiel (shakuhachi, fue; Kinko ryu). Nagoyaka is very proud to present traditional Japanese music to Arizona audiences. All three members who live in Tucson were trained in Nagoya, Japan, and … Read more

UA Kyudo and AZ Kyudo Kai

We practice the traditional art of Japanese archery under the direction of Bill Savary and are affiliated with Ogasawara-ryu, NCKF, and ZNKR. We demonstrate several traditional aspects of Kyudo, including Ogasawara ritual shooting, Hitotsu Mato Sharei, Kyubajutsu (horseback archery) as well as fundamentals and near target shooting with both kneeling and standing forms.

Chieko “Chi” Nakano – Origami

Chieko “Chi” Nakano is a lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. She teaches the art of origami every year at Tucson Meet Yourself. Origami, or the Japanese art of paper folding, is said to have a history of more than a thousand years. Making origami is something all Japanese girls—and most … Read more

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