Japanese cultural performances, art & food at Tucson Meet Yourself Reconnect in October

Tucson Meet Yourself Reconnect folklife festival will be held this October 8 to 10, 2021 at Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson. This plaza is outside of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Please check their website for COVID-19 guidelines.

On Saturday October 9, Mari Kaneta & her Suzuyuki-kai traditional dancers will perform at 3 p.m. on the Lawn Stage, and Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers will perform on the Church Stage at 5 p.m.

Also the popular takoyaki octopus balls food booth will be serving Japanese dishes at booth F31, all 3 days.

Suzuyuki Kai dancers

Odaiko Sonora performing onstage

Hours of the festival are 11 to 6 daily, with performances going on till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Schedule 2021 – Tucson Meet Yourself

Tomomi Katz (far left) and her takoyaki team:

Chieko “Chi” Nakano will again be teaching origami folding, and Akiko Victorson her shodo/calligraphy at the Folk Arts area. Chi will be in the Talking Tent of the Folks Arts area on Friday Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Chi Nakano teaching origami, photo by Steven Meckler

Akiko Victorson teaching calligraphy

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