Tea Ceremony

Saturday, May 19 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Railroad Park, “A” Street, Ashland
Between 6th & 8th Streets

Participants can learn about and take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The ceremony with matcha tea is a ritual bonding experience of mindfulness, respect, and a focus on the moment.

Suibokuga Workshop

Sunday, May 20 2:00 – 3:30 pm
SOU Library Room 206

Participants will learn the basics of Japanese ink brush painting using only black ink. The bold use of black ink strokes and washes allow the artist to present the essential character of the subject.

Rakugo performance

Sunday, May 20 5:00 pm
SOU Meese Auditorium

This is a traditional Japanese storytelling in English of comedic stories that children and adult will enjoy.

Art of Wataru Sugiyama

Saturday, May 26 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Phoenix Art Studios
4850 South Pacific Hwy, Phoenix

Wataru will discuss his artworks from Haniwa, terracotta figurines, to his current bronze works. Two other sculptors will also present their art: Jack Langford and Sadato Hosoda. After dark, visitors can watch a bronze pouring of a section of Wataru’s latest piece.