Momoko Okada’s metal art at Untitled Gallery to June 5

Japanese born artist Momoka Okada has several art pieces at a show entitled “Emergence” at Untitled Gallery, 101 W. 6th St., Suite 121 in Tucson, Arizona. She is a “mixed-media surrealist sculptor and metalsmith”.

The gallery is located west of Stone Avenue, and is open Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m.

The exhibit opened on April 3, and will close on June 5, 2021.

Momoko Okada, courtesy of the artist

Artist’s bio:

“I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Japan. My life on the farm with animals and surrounded by the untouched nature is all philosophically essential to my creation and ambition.

My work is about coexistence and energy between human, nature and animals. Most of us walk through life half asleep and forget to pay attention to our surroundings not only nature but also relationship with others and environment that we are in. I would like my audience to realize the harmonious energy flow between them and my creation, nature, others, and environment, and rethink what they can contribute. It could be a crescent moon in an evening or someone who smiled at you on the sidewalk or bird singing on a tree, realizing that you have wonderful energy to share with and to be part of the life’s rhythm composition. I do not have the power to stop a war or global warming, but instead of fighting to stop something, I believe that contribution of our individual positive energy can create something powerful in which we never imagined. Sharing our energy to create harmony–that is my idea of symbiotic peace. It is my responsibility as an artist to contribute my creations and energy to transform this precious place, just as nature gives and accepts effortlessly.”

Radix table, of recycled steel and wood, courtesy of the artist
Combined art, “Blue organism” on top, courtesy of the artist,

(Raised copper, Woven copper wire, Electroforming, Blown glass, Fused glass and paper)

See Momoko’s art online:

Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 7 & 8

“Join us for our last evenings of the season when Yume puts on its most beautiful luminous garments.The stroll through the glowing lights of lanterns and candles is absolutely magical.Paul Amiel of Tucson’s Empty Bamboo Shakuhachi Circle will perform evocative music on the harp and on the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for an evening to remember.On this occasion, Yume’s “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō” Exhibit will be open to the public.The participation in this event will be scheduled in two 1-hour time slots (6:30pm-7:30pm OR 7:30pm-8:30pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors.Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event.Admission Tickets: Adults: $16
Members: $10 Children age 3-15: $5″

Children’s Day festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 2, 2021


Kodomo no Hi – こどもの日

Sunday, May 2, 2021 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

“Join us to celebrate the Japanese national holiday of Children’s Day at Yume Gardens.

Children’s Day falls annually on May 5 when Japanese families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of their children.

The event will feature Taiko Drum performance by Ken Koshio (Taiko drumming, Folk music artist and singer/songwriter), kamishibai storytelling, origami, fan (uchiwa)/lantern painting, and much more!

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase

Admission Tickets: Adults: $15 – Members: $10

Children: $5 – Children under 5: : freePurchase Tickets

All guests will have a chance to win a free face mask with a winning design from the MASK UP 2020 Contest, courtesy of CGP – Japan Foundation (while supplies last).

The participation in this event will be scheduled in increments of 2 hour per time slot (10:00am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-2:00pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors.”

Advanced ticket reservation is requiredThis is a limited admission event.

Children’s Day doll exhibit ongoing at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, to May 16, 2021

Last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this annual doll exhibit at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures was cancelled. It’s back this year, started up on April 7 and will continue to May 16, 2021.

April 7, 2021 – May 16, 2021, Mini Time Museum of Miniatures at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, west of Swan Rd.

“Tango no Sekku or Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrating the healthy growth and development of children, especially boys. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage children to grow to be strong leaders and powerful individuals. Celebrated on May 5th, Children’s Day became a national holiday in 1948. Prior to that time many people celebrated May 5th as Boys’ Day. In celebration of the holiday schools have the day off and many families plan outings to fun places like amusement parks. Preceding Children’s Day is Girls’ Day. There are many comparable traditions between the two celebrations, such as setting up a tiered display of traditionally dressed dolls and accessories. These traditional displays of figures and other objects are called Musha Ningyo.

The Children’s Day Display at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures dates to the mid-20th century and was donated to the museum in 2014 by Nancy Phillips.”

Children’s Day Display

SAJCC Council votes to sign on to JACL-AZ letter to Governor Doug Ducey, against anti-Asian violence

On April 9, the SAJCC Council of 13 members voted to be one of the undersigned organizations in the attached letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, expressing sentiment against anti-Asian violence in Arizona and the nation. The vote was 12-0-1.

Copy of the letter from Japanese American Citizens League of Arizona (Glendale, AZ) below.

SAJCC Council also voted 12-0-1 to sign on to a similar letter of April 8, 2021 to Governor Ducey from the Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL of Tempe, AZ), and numerous other organizations and businesses in Arizona. (See article at bottom, with hyperlink)

ACEL letter is included here: