New Upcoming Movies link on SAJCC website

In Spring 2018 I noticed that there were a lot of Japanese movies (animated and regular) on the Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) website.

Of course I had been posting them on our Calendar for years, but realized that we needed a separate link for Upcoming Movies, highlighting the beautiful movie posters.  So for these Japanese movies, please go to:

Upcoming Movies

This new link is also on the top bar of our website  as “Upcoming Movies”.

August/September schedule:

“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – August 15 and 16

“Howl’s Moving Castle” – Aug 31 to Sept. 3

“The Night is Short, Walk on Girl” starting September 7

Other movie theaters featuring Japanese films will also be added to this link, such as The Screening Room (127 E. Congress St.), The Fox Tucson Theatre (17 W. Congress St.), on the UA Campus, or at church sites in Tucson.




Japanese Cooking & Culture Class for K-6 students at Agua Caliente Elem. School starting August 15

7 week Japanese Cooking and Culture Class at Agua Caliente Elementary School, starting August 15

After-school Japanese Cooking & Culture Classes at Agua Caliente Elementary School

11420 E. Limberlost Road, Tucson, AZ 85749

Phone 520-749-2235

Starts August 15, 2018

Wednesdays, 1:20 -2:35 p.m., No class on 9/5

7 weeks of class for all students K-6

Fee $70

Instructor: Miki Pimienta

Register online at

Registration Deadline: August 10th

Questions; Please contact Miki or

The class description

Japanese Cooking & Culture

” The Japan born instructor will teach student how to make rolled Sushi and other popular Japanese food and snacks. The students will also learn how to use chopsticks and eat noodles that they have cooked. Each class will start with basic Japanese language lessons and the students will speak simple Japanese expressions. The class may be supplemented with other fun Japanese activities such as Origami as time permits. This will be a new cultural experience for American students to taste what Japanese children enjoy eating and to experience Japanese activities. Returning students are welcome.”

Tucson Japanese Language School starts up on August 11, 2018

※ このお知らせは、補習校に登録されているアドレスに広く送らせていただいています。


“We are very excited to announce that we are opening classes for students who don’t have a Japanese background next fall! Last three years, Tucson Japanese Language School has been dedicated to providing Japanese children opportunities to learn Japanese language and culture in a school setting with their peers and also helping families to immerse their children cross-cultural experiences to deepen understanding in Japanese culture and tradition.
This coming academic year, we would like to invite children in all over Tucson who is interested in Japanese language and culture to experience our one of a kind program.
If you wish to enroll your child, please fill out Enrollment Intent and mail it along with $30 one-time enrollment fee by July 20, 2018. Your child(ren) will be placed in the order that this letter was received for each child. Please note that we are not obligated to secure your child’s spot until all documents have been completed and full or partial tuition has been paid in time.”
Feel free to email us if you have any questions.
 Hitomi McKnight

Karen Falkenstrom of Odaiko Sonora to present “One Spirit, One Path” on July 15 at Sacred Space Tucson


Karen Falkenstrom on the right, drumming.

Live music by Odaiko Sonora begins at 4:15 p.m.. Ward 6 office’s address is 3202 E. 1st St. Tucson (SE corner of Anderson Blvd, east of Country Club Rd.)

“Karen will tap into her personal experience to explore how a dedicated practice becomes a life path. In her case, taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) is the practice that became her journey. Personal expression, courage, discipline, teamwork, service and community are what taiko embodies for serious practitioners, but any practice you choose can be the path.

Karen Falkenstrom is the co-founder and Director of Odaiko Sonora, Tucson’s taiko (Japanese drumming) team. Since 2002, Karen and her group members have given over a thousand performances at (mainly) local events. Karen has traveled throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Japan to teach, perform and train in taiko and Japanese folk traditions. As a spiritual path, taiko engages all aspects of being into an exhilarating practice; a practice that has at its core the ideas of community and service.”

“Sacred Space is a secular and interfaith community in Tucson for personal and community growth where all are welcome to gather weekly for inspiration from the world’s spiritual traditions, varied local musicians and speakers, and community connection. Coupling contemplative wisdom with research-based practices, Sacred Space also offers small groups and classes, all with the aim of bringing together inner resources to drive social change.

The Sacred Space mission is to cultivate compassion and be a source of public renewal and contemplative education so that we can increase our capacity to work together toward collaborative solutions. This work is based in thecurrent global movement for building compassionate community which is dedicated to generating understanding and cooperation between people of all backgrounds and beliefs.”