“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.
“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 Boy’s 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 Girl’s Day, celebrated two months prior on March 3rd. 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. The display will be up from April 28 through May 10, 2015.” The Museum is located at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson. Info at www.theminitimemachine.org.
Go to website of Southern AZ Assn. for Japanese Education for applications, info on Cosplay event, etc. http://www.saaje.org/. NEW LOCATION this year: University of Arizona Modern Language Building, room 350, 1423 E. University Blvd. in Tucson.
Every year middle, high and college students compete in several fluency levels in Japanese. Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers will be performing as well (3:15 p.m.), and the So. AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition will have a table at this event, with information about our group, and hanafuda cards to learn about & play with. (This a popular card game in Hawaii and in South Korea, but not in Japan).