Tucson Meet Yourself, the yearly folk festival in downtown Tucson will be happening again on Oct. 9 to 11, at Jacome Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library and at El Presidio Park just west, across Church Avenue.
Japanese cultural events of interest:
Saturday Oct. 10 at 12 noon to 1 p.m., Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers at Church St. Stage
Sunday Oct. 11 at 11 to 11:30 a.m. Arizona Kyudo Kai & UA Kyudo Club archery demonstrations, Global Rhythms Stage
Sunday Oct. 11 at 2 to 3 p.m. Mari Kaneta’s Suzuyuki Kai traditional Japanese Dance at the Church Street Stage
MARI KANETA SUZUYUKI-KAI Recipient of the 2015 Southwest Folklife Alliance “Master-Apprentice” Award SUNDAY 2PM. (Church Street Stage) Kabuki style Japanese dancers perform in traditional make-up, hair style and kimono. Led by Master Mari Kaneta who has been instructing for 40 years. Dances include classical Japanese music as well as instrumentals, pops/rocks and jazz/fusions.
Map and schedule online at www.tucsonmeetyourself.org
There also is usually Japanese calligraphy and origami demonstrations at the Folk Arts area in the Pima County courthouse patio, 115 N. Church Ave.
New this year: Japanese food booth serving takoyaki and yakisoba. Be on the lookout for that for delicious Japanese food.
Tucson Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Hiroshima born/raised Director Toru Tagawa is travelling to perform in Japan in October. Toru’s wife and violinist for TRO, Laura Tagawa is seeking help in folding 1000 origami paper cranes to present to the Hiroshima Children’s Peace Memorial. She was inspired by Sadako Sasaki’s story of the young 12 year old leukemia victim (from the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 8/6/45), who tried to fold 1000 cranes before her death.
9/28/15 UPDATE: Over 1300 cranes have been folded to date, plus several hundred yet to be counted. So we are still folding cranes till Thursday 10/1/15.
9/30/15 UPDATE: Over 2800 cranes folded, so please show up on Oct. 1 to help string them to take to Hiroshima. Thank you everyone for helping.
10/1/15 UPDATE: Group of about 15 friends of TRO strung about 18 strands of cranes – over 1000 plus to date. Mission accomplished, so good luck to TRO on their concert tour to Japan later this month.
If you can help fold cranes please pick up origami paper (3 inches x 3 inches) at Snow Peas Modern Asian Kitchen, 1402 S. Craycroft Rd. Larger sizes will be accepted as well. Origami folding sessions will be held on September 28, 3 to 5 p.m. and on the final date of crane folding — October 1st, 5 to 8 p.m.
More info on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRepertoryOrchestra?fref=ts
“Tucson Japanese Language School Objective: Giving children the opportunity to experience Japanese language, and also expose them to the Japanese culture as a way to as extend the language ability. Create opportunities for exchanges between parents with children. Date and time: Every Saturday 9:00 to 10:30 (40 minutes, a 10-minute break, and another 40 minutes) Period: 2015 August 8 – December 12 (17 days), 2016 January 9 – May 14 (17 days) Location: International School of Tucson 1701 East Seneca Street, Tucson Arizona 85719 2015
Tuition: Annual $ 350, split into two equal payments of $175 each Tuition due deadline August 29, 2015 (August last Saturday) and January 30, 2016 (January last Saturday) Entry requirements: Children starting Kindergarten up to High School level the upcoming school year (Japanese speaking) parents can help their children at home.
Form: Classes are divided according to Japanese language skill level and age. There will be a recital at the end of each semester, and perhaps athletic meet events (dates TBD). Volunteering ideas: Copy class materias, monitor break times, etc. E-mail: email@example.com”
Saturdays, 2:30–4:30pm, June 27, July 25, and August 22. All three classes are FREE! Take one or all of them! Wear clothes that are cool and easy to move in, and bring a water bottle. We take care of the rest! The August 22nd class doubles as the first class in a 6-weekAll Ages Recreational Taiko (AART) unit that will last until 10/3, culminating in the opportunity to perform with Odaiko Sonora at Tucson Meet Yourself! Let us know you’re coming by calling (520) 481-8003 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Odaiko Sonora is located in the Rhythm Industry Performance Center, 1013 S. Tyndall, just north of E. 22nd. St.
Japanese language & culture summer camps for kids (ages 5 to 7, or 8 to 12) at Yume Japanese Gardens in June and July (see Calendar listing for more info).
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson will be offering a week-long Japanese Language and Culture Summer Camp.
In the mornings, students will learn about Japanese gardens through hands-on activities, followed by Japanese language instruction. The afternoons will be packed with arts and crafts that teach aspects of Japanese culture while enforcing language learned.
Description: TUCSON JAPANESE MEET UP: “We are having a party to promote friendship and interaction within our Tucson community. It’s also an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in Japanese culture. Let’s enjoy socializing with the people working in different disciplines. Everyone is welcome including newcomers to Tucson.”
Date : Sunday,May 17 Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
5632 E.Speedway Blvd., Tucson AZ 85712-4926
(Between Craycroft Rd. and Wilmot Rd.,one block east of Craycroft on Speedway)
Fee of lunch buffet: $9.95 (10 years old and over) $5.95(6years old -9) $3.95 (3years old-5) $1.95 (2 years and under). Please order drink or dessert individually if you want. Please give the fee (including tax and tip) to Yukari on site (only accepting cash).
Please send us the names of all participants prior to May15.
Organizers: Yukihiro Ibuki — email@example.com, (cell: 520-907-1934) or Yukari Katayama — firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to ask any questions to us.
“Tucsonans will honor children of all ages as they celebrate the Japanese holiday of Children’s Day on May 2 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, Southern Arizona’s only authentic Japanese garden. Originally a festival to wish for the health and happiness of boys, Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, as it is now called, honors all children with traditional decorations and activities. The festival at Yume Japanese Gardens will take place from 1 to 4:30 pm. All activities are included with paid admission to the Gardens.
Customarily held on May 5th in Japan, families fly carp streamers, or koinobori, outside their house as the carp is a symbol of strength, determination, vigor, and success. Figurines of Japanese warriors and heroes are set up inside the house along with representations of samurai helmets to inspire strength and bravery. Children eat special foods, such as kashiwa mochi—rice cakes stuffed with bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves—and chimaki—dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves. Special events for children and families are also held throughout the country.
The annual celebration at Yume Japanese Gardens offers families the beautiful setting of a Japanese garden to rejoice in the individual strengths of children and wish for their continued happiness. This year the celebration will feature yukata for children to wear, goldfish netting, the making of traditional Japanese kites, lessons in origami, Japanese toys, and a performance by a children’s drumming group.”
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Yume Japanese Gardens (www.tucsonjapanesegardens.org) highlights classical Japanese landscape design. A non-profit organization founded in 2013, it includes a stone Zen garden, koi pond, dry river, Japanese house, and fountains. The Gardens are located at 2130 North Alvernon Way, one block south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Contact the Gardens at520.332.2928 or email@example.com.