“Your Name” film screening at APASA Heritage Month movie night on April 12

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) office is at 1212 E. University Blvd, in the Nugent Bldg. on the UA Campus, on the 2nd floor.

“Take a break before finals start and watch a movie at APASA. “Your Name” will be shown with a discussion/reflection about the film after the movie. Enjoy some food and snacks while you watch!

“Your Name” (2016) is a Japanese animated romantic fantasy drama written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film tells the story about a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who one day wake up and swap bodies. This strange, and random circumstance causes them to try to adjust their lives around each other and communicate through notes left behind as a connection between them unfolds.”



Talk on WWII Japanese American internment camps in Arizona at Himmel library on April 11, 2018

UPDATE: Here is the hyperlink to Dr. Yanagihashi’s article on the camps:


UPDATE:  copy of Min’s article is linked above in pdf and so are links to videotapes taken by James Tokishi,  of the lecture below. Over 40 people attended.

Retired East Asian Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi has recently written an article about the two large Arizona camps at Gila River and Poston. He is a Nisei (2nd Generation) from Honolulu, Hawaii. Light refreshments will be served at this free talk at Himmel Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. (SW corner of N. Treat Ave. and E. 1st Street, south of Speedway Blvd).

Sponsored by Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition, on which Dr. Yanagihashi is a Council member since its inception in 2012. He is pictured below speaking about the camps at the 75th anniversary of E.O. 9066 forum last Feb. 2017, at Tucson Desert Art Museum.

Videotape of the lecture Part 2 (questions/answers): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxtfUCdCkG4

L-R: Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, Prof. Min Yanagihashi (speaking) and Prof. Kathryn Nakagawa

AATJ Japanese Speech Contest at PCC West on April 8, 2018

“Come join us for the 29th Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest!
The objectives of the Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest are to bring together Japanese language students from all over the state of Arizona to present their individually-written and memorized speeches before a panel of judges, family, and community members. Participants with a range of language ability (beginner to advanced) and from a range of institutions (high school, community college, and university) are invited to compete for prizes and participate in cultural activities.
By providing an opportunity for students to compete at a state-wide speech contest, we hope to encourage the study of the Japanese language. It is stimulating for students to see their peers from other schools working hard to achieve the same goal of Japanese language proficiency. We aim to create ties throughout our community by opening the event to the public and by soliciting sponsors among local shops, restaurants, and other business entities within and outside of Arizona. We believe that the state-wide speech contest is an ideal format for students to develop their presentational skills; furthermore, it is a great chance for students to use Japanese beyond the traditional classroom setting.”


The 29th Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest
Application Instructions (2018)

Time & Date:
12:30 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018

Center for the Arts,
Pima Community College, West Campus
2202 W. Anklam Road
Tucson, AZ 85709

Info: http://aatjaz.org/

Ikebana exhibit “Gardens in the Galleries” at Tucson Museum of Art, April 6 to 8, 2018

photo courtesy of Patricia Deridder

“The Tucson Museum of Art is pleased to announce a three-day special exhibition, Garden in the Galleries, presenting ikebana flower arrangements located throughout the museum’s art galleries. Ikebana, or “living flowers,” is a Japanese ancient art dating back to the 7th century when offerings of flowers were made at altars. By the 16th century, this art form became integrated into Buddhist and Shinto religions. Over the centuries, ikebana has grown into 1000 schools and can be practiced by anyone interested in learning the discipline. Based on strict ideas of shape, line, and form found in nature, ikebana strives for balance and harmony. Blooms, stems, and leaves each play an important role, representing heaven, earth, and humanity.

Different schools and styles of ikebana are represented in this exhibition, integrated within the permanent collection galleries. During the run of the exhibition, artists will share their knowledge of this unique art form by offering demonstrations of how to make the arrangements. Lectures related to ikebana, Japanese culture, and hands-on activities will also take place throughout the weekend.”

Opening preview party on April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. $60 with performances by Odaiko Sonora, sushi + sake + beer.

Saturday April 7:
11:00 am – Ikebana demonstrations with Ping Wei
2:00 pm – Join Dr. Takashi Miura for a lecture about Buddhist aesthetics focusing on Japanese art and ikebana.

Sunday April 8:
All Day – art-making with TMALearn!, part of Second Sundaze: Family Day @ TMA.

Mixed media Cherry Blossoms in the Margaret E. Mooney Hall
Japanese inspired fans in the Sculpture Garden
Fish Windsocks in the Creative Space

11:00 am – Origami classes
2:00 pm – Woodworking demonstration with Patricia Reddemann

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Open 10 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays