Japanese Americans in Hawaii panel discussion on Nov. 3rd


6:15 – 8:00 PM
Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Tucson
sponsored by SAJCC

Retired Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi has written a paper on this topic and will be moderating a panel discussion.  Free and open to the public.

  “Questions for the panel: 1) In your family, how were traditional culture and values and behavioral norms handled?  (2) In regards to Japanese heritage, looking outside the family, comment on some events, activities, institutions, or organizations that impacted your life in Hawaii.”

Tentative schedule:
6:15 – 6:45  (30 min.)  comments on his paper on this topic (click on blue hyperlink) written by ret. Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi (Nisei from Oahu)
6:45 – 7:45  (60 min.)  panel discussion.  After the two questions, panelists can comment on Min’s paper, ask questions of each other, etc.

Panelists will all be Japanese Americans born/raised in Hawaii: Min’s wife Evelyn Kodama Yanagihashi, M.Ed (Nisei han from Oahu), Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, JD (Sansei from Big Island), Dr. Naomi Okumura Story (Sansei from Maui), James Tokishi, B.S.(Yonsei from Oahu).

(Issei were the original immigrants from Japan, Nisei are their children, Sansei are the Nisei’s children, Yonsei are the Sansei’s children, Gosei are the Yonsei’s children, and so on.)



“Kyoto Considered” photo exhibit opens at Yume Japanese Gardens on October 21

  • fushimi“On Friday, October 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Yume Japanese Gardens will host a free reception in our art gallery to open a special photo exhibit on Kyoto by Yume Gardens founder and Executive Director Patricia Deridder. She has visited this most traditional of Japanese cities for decades, and her images capture the iconic inhabitants, buildings, and gardens of Japan’s former imperial capital with love and insight. Framed photos will be on sale throughout the exhibition, with all tax-free purchases going to the operating fund of the non-profit Gardens.

    The exhibition will run until December 31 and entrance will be free with regular Gardens admission.  www. yumegardens.org. Yume Gardens is located at 1230 N. Alvernon Way, south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, east side.

Japanese culture at Tucson Meet Yourself in October


The annual folk festival Tucson Meet Yourself will be on Oct. 7, 8, 9 this year, as usual at El Presidio Park and just east at Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone Ave.) in downtown Tucson.   Hours of operation:

Friday, October 7, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

and Sunday, October 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Featured Japanese cultural activities:

Takoyaki (octopus balls) food booth at Jacome Library Plaza, J2A. Plus ramen!

Tomomi Katz cooking takoyaki at her food booth

Tomomi Katz (left) cooking takoyaki at her food booth (photo credit Brandy Gannon)

Saturday October 8:

2 p.m.Odaiko Sonora taiko drumming at Church Ave. stage.  Followed by Obon dancing at 3 p.m, same stage, performed by dancers from Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition and friends.  (Church Ave. stage is just west of Joel D. Valdez main library, on Church Avenue, east of old Pima County Courthouse).   www.tucsontaiko.org

4 p.m. Suzuyuki Kai traditional Japanese dancers at City Hall stage, with Mari Kaneta. (City Hall stage is just north of the Tucson City Hall in El Presidio Park, 225 W. Alameda St.).

Sunday October 9:

11 a.m.  AZ Kyudo Kai and UA Kyudo Club will demonstrate Japanese archery on City Hall stage

12:30 p.m. Akiko Victorson interview on Japanese calligraphy, Jacome Plaza lawn (just south of the Joel D. Valdez main library in the Folks Arts area)

1:30 p.m. Chi Nakano interview on origami, Japanese paper folding, Jacome Plaza lawn

All info at www.tucsonmeetyourself.org.

Yume Japanese Gardens re-opens for the Fall on October 1, 2016 with Kakejiku (hanging scrolls) exhibit

“Tucson’s first and only authentic Japanese gardens reopen for their fourth consecutive Fall/Winter season Saturday, October 1 with a unique exhibition of vintage and contemporary Japanese hanging scrolls.


Besides the continuing exhibition of scrolls, the Fall/Winter activities at the non-profit Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson will feature a showing later in the season of intimate photography of Japanese gardens, street scenes, and other images of Kyoto, the nation’s capital from 794 to 1868 and one of the country’s most traditional venues. Entrance to exhibitions and gallery shows is free with admissions to the Gardens.

The opening scroll exhibition highlights kakejiku, hanging scrolls that point up the beauty, fine workmanship, uniqueness, and collectability of this classic genre of Japanese art. The 18th-, 19th– and 20th-century scrolls on show are decorated with delicately hand-painted images of birds and other animals, trees and plants, landscape views, mythological creatures such as dragons, and Japanese calligraphy in ink-wash script.

Yume Japanese Gardens showcases five traditional Japanese garden designs on three quarters of an acre and has been drawing a growing stream of visitors from the Tucson community, from across the nation, and from Mexico since its opening in January 2013. Revealing pathways and layered plantings offer courtyard views of classical Japanese imagery. A Zen contemplative garden, a stone and gravel garden representing sea and islands, and a tranquil strolling pond garden with koi provide further examples of Japanese garden styles.

Additions to the Gardens over the years include buildings hand-constructed to Japanese designs and erected using Japanese building techniques, a museum, and an extensive gift shop with handicrafts, kimonos, vases, gardening and landscaping design books, and childrens’ toys and other items imported directly from Japan. Activities at the Gardens include therapeutic guided garden walks to assist the emotionally distressed, photography and Japanese art exhibits, flower shows, tea ceremonies, Japanese language and calligraphy lessons, musical and theatrical performances, and seasonal traditional Japanese cultural festivals for visitors of all ages.

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The Gardens are a non-profit organization open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily October 1 to May 3, weather permitting. They are located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, one block south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Admission discounts are available for senior, military, student, and child visitors. For more information, call Allen Boraiko at 520.343.2920 or emailyume.gardens@gmail.com. Or visit www.yumegardens.org.”

Recreational Taiko for 6 weeks at Odaiko Sonora


All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART) at Odaiko Sonora – August 13 to September 24, but no class on September 10, 2016.

“Wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in and bring a water bottle. We take care of the rest! Try the first class free. If you like it, sign up for the 6-week session. Graduates of this session have the option of debuting their new taiko skills at our Tucson Meet Yourself performance in October! Saturdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 6 weeks by Odaiko Sonora drummers.”  All classes at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.  inTucson.


Tucson Japanese Language School starts on August 13

Tucson Japanese Language School starts on August 13, 2016
Tucson Japanese Language School LLC
Please email Hitomi at: tucson.nihongo.hosyuko@gmail.com
for information. This school started up in 2015.
2016-2017  Day and time
Saturdays, from 9am-11am
2016, August 13,27
          September 10, 17, 24
          October 1, 22, 29
          November 5, 19
          December 3, 10, 17
2017, January 21, 28
           February 11. 18
           March 4, 11(sports day)
           April 1, 8, 22
           May 6, 13, 20
(25 days)
Location: International School of Tucson
1701 E Seneca St. Tucson, AZ (Please don’t call them in regards to Japanese School. It’s a rental property)
Tuition: $380-$420
Age: 5 yrs and up

Ceramic artist Kazuma Sambe’s solo show (July 16 to August 31, 2016) – updated

Gallery Azul is located at the SW corner of E. 6th Street and N. 6th Avenue.  Parking is in a lot south of that building, or on the nearby streets.  

Receptions for this show will be on July 16 and August 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

UPDATE: By popular demand, this show has been extended to Sept. 30, 2016, with another reception on Sat. Sept. 3rd.



Megamania! at PCC Downtown on July 9, 2016



PCC DOWNTOWN IS AT 1255 N. STONE AVE. (NORTH OF SPEEDWAY BLVD.) on July 9, 2016, 1 to 6 p.m.

Come to the sixth annual MegaMania!! It’s bigger and better than ever before!

Whatever your niche may be, MegaMania!! VI is guaranteed to satisfy the maker, learner, mover and gamer in all of us!

Full schedule now online: https://www.library.pima.gov/blogs/post/its-mega-its-mania-its-megamania-2016/

Studio Ghibli films continue to August 2, 2016 at the Loft Theater


“In collaboration with GKIDS, The Loft Cinema is pleased to present the return of our smash-hit retrospective of films from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation house, featuring all 22 films from the Studio Ghibli catalog! Most films will be presented in both subtitled and English dubbed versions.

Films in the series will play at least once a day. We guarantee that films with a Wednesday start date will play Thursday at 7PM and Saturday at Noon, and films with a Sunday start date will play Sunday at Noon and Tuesday at 7PM. More showtimes will be added on a weekly basis.

More at Loft Cinema website, www.loftcinema.com, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson.
June 1 – June 4: Castle in the Sky
June 5 – June 7: Whisper of the Heart
June 8 – June 11: The Secret World of Arietty
June 12 – June 14: Only Yesterday
June 15 – June 18: Porco Rosso
June 19 – June 21: Pom Poko
June 22 – June 25: Howl’s Moving Castle
June 26 – June 28: From Up on Poppy Hill
June 29 – July 5: My Neighbor Totoro
July 6 – July 9: Tales from Earthsea
July 10 – July 12: Ocean Waves
July 13 – July 16: Kiki’s Delivery Service
July 17 – July 19: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
July 20 – July 23: Ponyo
July 24 – July 26: When Marnie Was There
July 27 – July 30: The Cat Returns
July 31 – August 2: The Wind Rises