Zen Path: Kyudo Ceremonial Japanese Archery on March 24 at Yume Japanese Gardens.

“Kyudo (Japanese archery) is the oldest traditional martial art in Japan. Although the bow was originally used for hunting and for warfare, it is now used as a tool for developing and polishing a person’s character. Beyond just shooting arrows at a target, the practitioner works within a ceremonial framework to master form, timing and awareness. Elements of Buddhism, Shinto and Taoism are all interwoven into the history and applications of kyudo.

The bow (called a yumi) is about eight feet long and traditionally made of bamboo, although nowadays beginners and people living in harsh climates often use yumi made of synthetic materials. Practitioners typically dress in hakama and gi or in kimono. While standard shooting distance is 28 meters (about 100 feet), ceremonial demonstrations can be performed at “makiwara”, or short range targets.

For our presentation Arizona Kyudo Kai will demonstrate and discuss the basic elements of kyudo, show the standing and kneeling forms of the hassetsu (the eight step kata that all shooting forms are based on) and then perform a formal three-person ceremonial shoot called “Hitotsu Mato Sharei”. Afterwards, the audience will get the opportunity to participate in the discussion and learn more about the hassetsu (without bows and arrows in hand).”

More information: www.yumegardens.org

Poet Sawako Nakayasu at the UA Poetry Center on March 22, 2018

Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Series: Sawako Nakayasu

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 – 7:00PM

At UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St. Tucson  (north of Speedway, west of Cherry Avenue. )

“The Poetry Center is proud to present Sawako Nakayasu as our annual Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation reader. Nakayasu is a transnational poet, translator, and occasional performance artist. She is co-editor of A Transpacific Poetics, and is the recipient of a 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for her translations of Japanese avant-garde poet Chika Sagawa. Her newest translations of modern Korean poet Yi Sang are in progress.”

Also —  The Work of Sawako Nakayasu

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 – 6:00PM


“Poet and librarian Sarah Kortemeier leads a Shop Talk on the work of Sawako Nakayasu, who reads for the Poetry Center’s annual Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Reading on March 22.”

Japanese American presenters at Tucson Festival of Books on March 10 and 11, 2018

Once again the Tucson Festival of Books will be held at the UA Mall, on March 10 and 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

Japanese American children’s author Jillian Tamaki will be presenting at 4 workshops. See schedule below.

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and artist best known for her graphic novels “Skim,” which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated and “This One Summer,” both co-created with Mariko Tamaki. “This One Summer” was awarded a Caldecott Honor, Printz Honor and Eisner Award. Her new book is “They Say Blue.””

Jillian Tamaki

Sat. March 10 — 2:30 p.m. Ed 333 “Acts of Caring & Kindness that Celebrate the World” panel (Jillian Tamaki’s examination of wonder in a child’s life).

Sun.March 11 — 11:30 a.m. Ed 351 “Color My World” panel (Jillian Tamaki plays with the colors in a young child’s life in “They Say Blue.”)

1:15  p.m.   Reading from her new book “They Say Blue”, at Story Blanket tent

2:30 p.m. “Graphic Novels for Teens” panel at Teen & Author Stage (Join Jillian Tamaki and Jonathan Maberry as they talk about their work as an illustrator and author in the world of comics and answer questions about creating comics and graphic novels for teens.)

Junko Sakoi

TUSD Pan Asian Studies program coordinator Junko Sakoi will be presenting on:

Sat. March 10 — 2:30 p.m. Ed 310, “Missing Voices in Global Literature”, with Yoo Kyung Sung. “Global literature provides access to the world for children, but that access can be limited when voices are missing or marginalized. This session will examine the untold and unheard voices in recent historical and contemporary global books published in the U.S. and strategies for bringing these voices into children’s lives. ”

“Junko Sakoi, at the Asian Pacific American Studies Services & Refugee Services Asian Department in TUSD, has developed multicultural school curriculum and instruction collaboratively with families, students, classroom teachers, and community members.”

All info at www.tucsonfestivalorbooks.org.

Japanese/Hawaiian American ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro at the Rialto Theatre on March 5

Japanese American ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro from Honolulu, Hawaii is coming to the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tucson on March 5.  Concert at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.  He is Gosei (5th generation Japanese American).

tickets $28 to $37: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1567090?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly

Carolyn’s note:  I recently saw Jake live at The Palace Theater in Hilo, Hawaii.  He was simply amazing and awesome — have never seen anyone play an ukulele like that before. And lucky me, before the performance he walked in from the front and said to me (a volunteer usher) “Auntie, thanks for having me again” and kissed me lightly on the check. And then walked by us through the front curtain.  We weren’t even sure that was him.  I was star struck, to say the least.  (“Auntie/Uncle” are terms of endearment & respect in the Hawaiian culture, given to elders).