Odaiko Sonora and Suzuyuki Kai to perform at Arizona Matsuri

 Odaiko Sonora (taiko drummers) and Suzuyuki Kai (classical dancers) to perform at Arizona Matsuri in Phoenix on February 27 and 28, 2016


The annual Arizona Matsuri is in its 32nd year and is the largest Japanese festival (matsuri) in Arizona.

“Featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix.

The theme for the 2016 Arizona Matsuri will be Momotarō (Peach-Boy), a popular hero of Japanese folklore,”

Performing this year  as usual will be Tucson’s taiko drumming troupe Odaiko Sonora on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the ASU Stage.  Also performing on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. at the Plaza Stage (6th St. x Adams)  is Tucson’s traditional Japanese dance troupe Suzuyuki Kai​ lead by Mari Kaneta.  They also perform Nihon Buyo (classical dance) at the same stage on Sunday Feb. 28 at 1:45 p.m.

More info at www.azmatsuri.org.

Dynamic “88: Hachi Hachi” taiko performance on January 30 at Rogue Theater

88: Hachi Hachi with UNIT SOUZOU on January 30 at the Rogue Theatre


88: Hachi Hachi with UNIT SOUZOU


Saturday January 30, 2016
Two performances  2:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Call The Rogue Theatre box office at 520-551-2053 or order from our Web store

“Tucsonans have the rare opportunity to see two of North America’s leading taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) performers in the intimate space of The Rogue Theatre. 88: Hachi Hachi is an intricate weaving of taiko, dance and theatre by Portland’s UNIT SOUZOU. Internationally recognized taiko performers Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe create a rhythmic journey investigating lineage, personal story and the space that exists between two people.

Odaiko Sonora is proud to once again partner with The Rogue Theatre to present taiko in a theatrical setting. Odaiko Sonora’s partnership with The Rogue Theatre began when Musical Director Paul Amiel borrowed a taiko in 2012 for The Rogue’s Journey to the West. The Rogue later commissioned Odaiko Sonora to score their  2013 production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, and Odaiko Sonora then presented a concert at the theatre in October, 2013.”

Beautiful Kimono Exhibit at Yume Japanese Gardens, January 18 to March 20, 2016

“Following on our highly praised 2014 show, we are pleased to present a second edition of “Kimonos: Splendor In Cloth”. Nearly two dozen vintage and contemporary kimonos will be on display for the first time, offering visitors a new look at the traditional Japanese robe. These gorgeous garments made of embroidered silk or dye-painted cotton will give you a deep appreciation of the characteristics of the kimono and its many variations in color, fabric, and style. The exhibition opens on January 18 and runs until March 20, 2016. Entry is free with regular admission to the Gardens.”  See more at www.yumegardens.org.

Celebrate 3rd Anniversary of Yume Japanese Gardens

3rd Anniversary Celebration of Yume Japanese Gardens on January 16, 2016
“To mark our third anniversary, on January 16 we will feature performances of traditional Japanese music throughout the day by members of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra, as well as music performed on the koto, the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan. Admission is free for members of Yume Japanese Gardens. Admission for non-members is $13 plus regular admission to the Gardens.” More info: www.yumegardens.org.
Schedule: Akiwa Abe Brown on koto at 11 a.m., Mindi Acosta and Sierra Norris, TRO flutists at 1 and 2 p.m.
Yume Japanese Gardens opened on January 15, 2013, at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens in Tucson.

Celebrate Japanese New Year’s at 2016 Tucson Mochitsuki

finalmochitsukiThe 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 westside 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.

New Year’s Brunch hosted by Japanese Association of Tucson on January 3, 2016

Japanese Association of Tucson New Year’s Party

Date  Sunday January 3rd, 2016

10:30am Reception starts (Please finish by 11:00am)

11:00am-2:00pm Brunch Buffet & Mini Concert

Place Hacienda Del Sol  5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718;(520) 299-1501

Price Adult (ages 15+): $45.00*   Children (ages 7 -14): $22.00* Children (ages 6 and under): Free * Beverages (Mimosas・ Coffee・Tea・Juice) ,Tax & Gratuity included

Mini Concert: Japanese Harp, Piano and Violin

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Contact for more info: Yukari Katayama-y@msn.com / 520-405-2592

Website: http://www.geocities.jp/jpntus/

Tucson Clay Arts Center exhibit at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Japanese influences” in pottery by the Tucson Clay Arts Center opening December 8 at Yume Japanese Gardens
“View the eye-catching dishes, vases, bowls and other creations of the Tucson Clay Arts Center, many of which — influenced by calligraphy and ikebana — capture a Japanese flavor.  There will be a free opening reception for this exhibition on December 8 from 4-6 pm. Thereafter, works by ceramic artists Betsy Tanzer, Roy Lizama, Jody Saito, and Barclay Dick will be on display until January 8, 9:30 to 4:30 daily. Admission to the exhibition is free with regular admission to the Gardens.”
Update: winter hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather permitting.

Furoshiki Japanese gift wrapping workshop on Dec. 4


Wrapping gifts in fabric makes them really stand out, and the Japanese are past masters of the art. Just in time for Christmas, learn to wrap gifts in traditional furoshiki  — squares of colorfully printed cotton — in this workshop on Friday, December 4, at 10:00 am.

Cost: $15, payable at the workshop. Gardens admission is separate. Please register for this class no later than Wednesday, December 2 by emailing yume.gardens@gmail.com or by calling 520-332-2928.

Info:  www.yumegardens.org.