Annual Tucson Japanese Festival to celebrate the New Year, at PCC Downtown on January 20, 2018

This is our Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition sponsored annual New Year’s festival (formerly called Tucson Mochistuki, first held in Jan. 2014). So it is actually our 5th New Year celebration.  Name change to “Tucson Japanese Festival” occurred in 2017, hence 2nd Annual in 2018.

More specific event performance schedule to follow. Check for updates and prizes to be given away on our FB page:

Tucson Japanese Festival coming up on January 20, 2018

Although SAJCC has been hosting New Year’s festivals since 2014, this name change to Tucson Japanese Festival began last year. It is still a New Year’s celebration highlighted with mochi pounding of rice in a large bowl (usu) with a mallet (kine). Once again we will have taiko drumming, dance performances, music, Japanese children’s games, origami, ikebana, etc. Last year there was a bonsai exhibit as well.  There will be samples and food booths, such as takoyaki and ramen.

Price is the same:  $5 adults, free for children 5 years and under. To volunteer contact Info on festival itself, contact SAJCC Director Yuki Ibuki at

Updates and prize give a ways  will be posted on our FB page:

Join us for a happy new year (of the dog) in 2018.

“Allegiance” showings on December 7th at El Con and Park Place theaters

“Allegiance tells the story of one family’s extraordinary journey in a troubling time of a nation at war. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (George Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung — Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga–Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove his family’s loyalty, while Kei joins the draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are relived and a new perspective is gained, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and experience the redemptive power of love.

Audiences across America and beyond have continued to embrace the power of Allegiance, its story and its score in a way that has surpassed all our expectations,” said Allegiance co-creator and producer Lorenzo Thione. “Fans have breathed new life into the show, coming out to movie theaters en masse, and celebrating its importance, and we are thankful for such a passionate following. We will continue to bring Allegiance to fans across the globe and look forward to many more thousand people who will get a chance to see it for the first time this December 7.”


 Purchase tickets ($16 to $18)  online at:

Furoshiki gift wrapping workshop on December 2nd at Yume Japanese Gardens

Furoshiki gift wrapping workshop on December 2 at Yume Japanese Gardens
The Japanese have traditionally used squares of fabric called furoshiki to bundle clothes at public baths and carry purchases. They still use furoshiki to wrap presents and lend gifts a special flair. Just in time for the holidays, you can learn to do the same.

Join our gift-wrapping workshop on December 2, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The class fee is $25, and does not include entry to the Gardens. (UPDATE: New  Date/Time to Dec. 8th,  3 to 4:30 p.m.)

Reservations are required by December 1. Notify us at or call (520) 303-3945 to say you’ll attend.

Annual Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 21, 22, 24, 25, 26


Annual Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Nov. 21 to 26 (except Thanksgving Day Nov. 23):”A series of workshops in Ikebana – traditional Japanese flower arranging and techniques – extends throughout the Fall/Winter season and is complemented by an Ikebana Festival November 21-26. This bi-annual event is one of the most popular at the Gardens and will feature 50 Japanese floral arrangements from five different schools, arrayed throughout the grounds, the museum and the gallery.” Ikebana Festival: 50 floral displays by five different schools of Japanese flower arranging, arrayed throughout the grounds, museum, and art gallery. Admission of $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15 includes entrance to the entire Gardens. (The Gardens will be closed November 23, Thanksgiving Day.) or more about activities at Yume,, visit, or call (520) 303-3945.