SAJCC Council votes to sign on to JACL-AZ letter to Governor Doug Ducey, against anti-Asian violence

On April 9, the SAJCC Council of 13 members voted to be one of the undersigned organizations in the attached letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, expressing sentiment against anti-Asian violence in Arizona and the nation. The vote was 12-0-1.

Copy of the letter from Japanese American Citizens League of Arizona (Glendale, AZ) below.

SAJCC Council also voted 12-0-1 to sign on to a similar letter of April 8, 2021 to Governor Ducey from the Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL of Tempe, AZ), and numerous other organizations and businesses in Arizona. (See article at bottom, with hyperlink)

ACEL letter is included here:

Poetry Stones Butoh performances at Yume Japanese Gardens from April 8 to 10

Event by Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson

by Funhouse movement theater

April 8-10, 2021 at 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

 “Join us for Poetry Stones, an exploration of form, movement, and spirit, performed by Funhouse movement theater, directed by Lin Lucas, and featuring visiting artist, Joan Laage, a Northwest butoh pioneer and student of butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa.

A contemporary, avant-garde performance art, butoh (舞踏, Butō) is the product of the tumultuous, post-war Japanese experience. A seamless blend of dance, theater, improvisation, German Expressionist dance, and traditional Japanese performing arts, butoh compels both performers and spectators to investigate primal ideas, emotions, and energies bringing the collective unconscious into the light. 

Visitors to this unique butoh performance will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed throughout the refined splendor of the garden, each engaged in improvisational communion with the sights, sounds, and sensations of the natural environment. Prepare to be moved.

The participation in this event will be scheduled in increments of 1 hour per time slot (6:30pm-7:30pm OR 7:30pm-8:30pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors. This is a limited admission event.”

General admission: $25

Member admission: $18

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2021 Arizona Matsuri haiku winners from Tucson

The Phoenix Arizona Matsuri has announced the winners of the 2021 Haiku contest.

Tucsonans Karen Falkenstrom, Director of Odaiko Sonora won in the Adult/University category, and Miki Pimienta won three awards in the Japanese Language category. Both Karen and Miki are on the SAJCC Council, and Miki, originally from Japan, has won these haiku contests every year since 2015. Karen was also Treasurer of SAJCC for a few years. Also winning 3 awards is Raquelle Wuollet, a student at Basis Oro Valley High School.

Karen’s winning haiku (page 20):

“Hummingbirds, soft jewels,

Sear the air around a flower-

Mine, for an instant”

Karen Falkenstrom

Miki’s winning haiku (selection from her two winning haiku, one honorable mention. pages 26, 30):

川底に 足跡残し 獣行く

“Kawazoko ni

Ashiato nokoshi

Shishi iku”

(English translation: In the riverbed, Footprints remain, Beasts go)

Miki Pimienta

Raquelle won two awards and also an honorable mention (pages 15,16,18). Here’s one of her winners:

“Shining desert stars

Lanterns for javelinas

Beacons for the bats”

Congratulations to all winners!. 2021 eBook haiku are listed here:

Buddhism & Protest in Early Modern Japan: Buddhist Priests as Arbiters of Conflicts in Local Communities lecture on April 8 by Professor Takashi Miura

“Join the University of Arizona Center for Buddhist Studies for our
Pu Yin Lecture Spring 2021
Co-sponsored by the Pu Yin Education Center, ChinaBUDDHISM AND PROTEST IN EARLY MODERN JAPAN: BUDDHIST PRIESTS AS ARBITERS OF CONFLICTS IN LOCAL COMMUNITIESTakashi Miura, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, the University of ArizonaThursday, April 8, 2021, 4 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST)Other time zones include:
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To receive a link to the webinar, please sign up for our email list here: If you are already on our list, you will receive the link soon.
Buddhist priests were frequent participants in peasant protests in Tokugawa Japan (1603–1867). In many cases, local priests served as mediators between villagers and authorities, and their contributions are highlighted in extant records (both written and oral) that portray them as competent negotiators who pressured government officials to embody the ideal of “benevolent governance” (jinsei). Yet, some records also present Buddhist priests as lazy and corrupt, neglecting to perform their mediating duties and failing to protect the interests of local communities. This presentation examines the complex positionality of Buddhist institutions and their representatives in local communities in early modern Japan utilizing resources traditionally reserved for the study of peasant protests.
These lecture series are made possible thanks to the generous support from Pu Yin Education Center and Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, China. For more information about our lecture series, please visit our website:”[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark_calendar%22%7D]%7D

Ukiyo-e exhibit and talk upcoming at Yume Japanese Gardens from March 25 to May 9

Ukiyo-e Exhibit – The 53 Stations of Tokaido at Yume Japanese Gardens from March 25 to May 9



Image: “Shinagawa: Sunrise”, 2nd station, by Utagawa Hiroshige, Japan, Edo period, 1834, woodblock print (from Yume’s website)

From March 25 through May 9, 2021

“An exhibition showcasing reproductions of the complete series of Hiroshige’s The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō will be on view at Yume Japanese Gardens from the end of March through May.

Iconic Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print. Between 1833 and 1834, he produced a series of prints illustrating the travelers’ main stopping points along the imperial road called the Tōkaidō (“the Eastern Sea Road”), which connected the Shogun’s administrative capital in Edo (modern Tōkyō) with the emperor’s palace in Kyōto.
By Hiroshige’s time, the road was a popular scenic route, marked by many temples, shrines, shops, and inns, which he made famous through his prints.

The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō series is a timeless masterpiece of vibrant scenes representing daimyō‘s (noble feudal lord’s) lifestyle, realistic images of ordinary people’s daily life, and seasonal landscapes.
These prints served as travel souvenirs and guide book, as well as advertisement to would-be travelers.”

Free for members and with regular Gardens admission.Purchase Gardens’ Tickets/Make a Reservation

Yume Japanese Gardens is located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way in Tucson (between Pima St. and Grant Rd. on Alvernon Way, south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens).


DOCENT ART TALK on March 28 at Yume Japanese Gardens

Sunday, March 28, 2021, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Presented by Adrienne O’Hare

“Ukiyo-e are “Pictures of The Floating World,” an evanescent world, a world of fleeting beauty, divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world; a hedonistic world of Kabuki actors, courtesans and geisha.

Free for members and with regular Gardens admission.”

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Kitagawa Utamaro,  Beauty in the Rain,  Edo period