Japanese language study group starting at Otaku Nation on Oct. 22

” One of our university associates will be helping beginning level language learners acquire basic to intermediate skills in Japanese every Tuesday at 6pm (some calendar exceptions apply).

Starting October 22, now you have a place to go to meet other people practicing and learning Japanese! #tucson #learningjapanese #japaneselanguage”


Japanese performances, food & culture at 2019 Tucson Meet Yourself

Annual Tucson folklife festival downtown at Jacome Plaza.

The festival occupies 4 city blocks and Jacomé Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue in downtown Tucson.

Jacomé Plaza: Food, City of Gastronomy
Pennington St.: Community Matters, Folk Arts
Church Ave.: Food, Yaqui & O’odham Pavillion, Duke’s Car Show
Stone Ave.: Food


Friday, October 11 | 11am – 10pm (no performances between 2 and 5pm on Friday, but plenty of food and folk art)
Saturday, October 12 | 11am – 10pm
Sunday, October 13 | 11 am-6 pm

Japanese cultural performances/activities:

Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers perform on Sat. 5 p.m. Church Ave. Stage.

UA Kyudo & AZ Kyudo Kai (Japanese archery) on Sun. 11:30 a.m Church Ave. Stage, and Mari Kaneta’s traditional Japanese dances on Sun. 2:30 p.m. Alameda Stage

Takoyaki Balls (Japan) F39 food booth (see festival map)

Takoyaki/ramen booth at Tucson Meet Yourself, with owner Tomomi Katz (2nd from left, back row)

Folk arts:

Chieko “Chi” Nakano, Origami
Akiko Victorson, Japanese Shodo Calligraphy

UA East Asian Studies Professor Chieko “Chi” Nakano teaching origami at Tucson Meet Yourself



8 Anime Essentials films at Loft Cinema in September

“This September The Loft Cinema is celebrating some of the most essential anime films of all-time with “anime-zing” line-up of classics on the big screen, all shown in their original Japanese language/English subtitled versions!”

Thursday Night Screenings:
Ghost in the Shell
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Princess Mononoke
Tickets & Info > https://buff.ly/2MocC4y

Friday & Saturday Night Screenings:
Summer Wars
Ninja Scroll
Tickets & Info > https://buff.ly/2xtDjfl

Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. All 8 movies are also listed on our SAJCC Upcoming Movies link, as well as our Calendar.

“And then They Came for Us” film showing at Pima County Democratic HQ on September 7

UPDATE: 8/28/19 Tickets sold out for this showing.

“LD 9 Democrats and the Asian-American Pacific Islander Caucus will host a special screening of the documentary film AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US on Saturday, September 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM, at the Pima County Democratic Party Headquarters, 4639 E First Street.

After the screening, Catherine Ripley, Executive Director of the Pima County Democratic Party and AAPI caucus member will facilitate a discussion. (Cat is half Japanese American.)
Admission is free of charge, however a donation of $5.00 is encouraged. Wine, beer, soft beverages and snacks will be available for $5.00 donation.

Seventy-seven years ago President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way for the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.
AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US educates audiences about the constitutional damage done in the name of national security.  Thousands of American citizens lost their homes, their businesses and their families due to war hysteria and racism. Yet the validity of these actions were upheld by the US Supreme Court in 1944, based on governmental lies which were later uncovered.
The film features Japanese Americans who were incarcerated, rediscovered photos of Dorothea Lange and the story of Fred Korematsu’s long journey to justice.
The film brings history into the present, as it follows Japanese Americans speaking out against the current Muslim travel ban and other regressive immigration policies. “


1st Ever Tucson Godzilla Festival on August 24 at Metal Arts Village

The Metal Arts Village is hosting the 1st ever Tucson Godzilla Fest!

“Come join us for an atomic blast filled evening!

A family friendly event for new and old fans alike. The first 50 people will receive a souvenir at the door. We will be discussing Kaiju films, and giant monster television shows and games. Additionally anyone who is interested in collecting figures we will have special panels talking about the figures, contests with prizes, local artists with special prints for sale, and much, much more!

If you are a Local Arizona Artist or Creative and want to contribute, collaborate or is interested in hosting a table please feel free to contact us! “

Tucson Metal Arts Village is at 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., north of NE corner of Dodge and Ft. Lowell Rd.

Hope to see you there!https://www.facebook.com/events/888065188219513/