Yume Japanese Gardens celebrates 5th anniversary on January 13, 2018

“In a heartfelt Domo arigato! (“Thank you!”) to the entire Tucson community, Yume Japanese Gardens will feature live performances of Japanese music and songs and demonstrations of popular Japanese traditional arts in a day-long celebration of its fifth anniversary on January 13, 2018.  UPDATE: performance schedule below

Festivities will include demonstrations of Ikebana, or traditional Japanese flower arranging, and of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper to create three-dimensional figures. Musical performances will range from traditional melodies played onshakuhachi (bamboo flute) to a recital of Japanese folk songs and thunderous taiko drumming by Odaiko Sonora, southern Arizona’s premier Japanese drumming ensemble.

The day’s events begin at 10:00 am and continue until 4:30 pm. Japanese food will be available for purchase, and admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 15. Attendees may purchase tickets at the door, or in advance by calling (520) 272-3200 or by visiting www.yumegardens.org and clicking on “Events” and then on “Buy Tickets.” All tickets are non-refundable.

Literally created from nothing, non-profit Yume was laid out on an empty clay lot before opening in 2013 with five classical Japanese garden landscapes, including a koi pond. It has not stopped growing since. Over the years it has added a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a small museum of Japanese arts and crafts, and an art gallery and gift shop, while hosting a lengthening roster of cultural events. These have ranged from exhibits of hanging scrolls and hand-painted kimonos to musical performances on traditional instruments, as well as tea ceremonies and seasonal festivals marking such Japanese holidays as Children’s Day every May.

The Gardens are at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, one block south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Celebration attendees are requested to avoid parking on East Hampton Place on the north side of the Gardens, so as not to disrupt neighborhood traffic.”

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For more information on the anniversary event or on Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, visit www.yumegardens.org, writeyume.gardens@gmail.com, or call (520) 272-3200.

Otaku-Shogatsu, Fat Fox Style at Otaku Nation on Dec. 29

 “Akemashite Omedetogozaimasu!”

“Come celebrate New Years a little bit early at Otaku Nation with your FAVORITE maids and butlers!  Dec. 29, 6 to 10 p.m. at Otaku Nation, 3919 E. Pima St. (NE corner of Pima St. and Alvernon Ave.)

We’re enjoying a small taste of Japanese Oshōgatsu traditions and food, in addition to some of the other treats and entertainment you’ve come to enjoy over the past few Fat Fox events!

*** TICKETS ARE $7 PER PERSON *** THE FIRST 7 PAID ENTRIES COME WITH A NEW YEARS GIFT BAG, and all attendees will be entered for the raffle at the end of the evening!!! ***

> Write your wishes for the new year and hang them from our festival tree!

> Send our kawaii New Years postcards to your loved ones!

> Maybe you welcome Toshigami-sama every New Years… but if you don’t, at least bring your waifu/husbando to the shrine and leave offerings for them!

> There will be lots of delicious food & drink with which to celebrate, including mochi and green tea!

> We will have an interesting twist on FUKUWARAI…


> Yes, to answer your question, there will be an abundance of games and fun for all!

Enjoy a fun evening under lantern light, with good food, friends, fun, drink, games, prizes, cuteness overload… how else would you rather spend your evening??? 🦊??”

~Fat Fox Overlord~

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 communications@southernazjapan.org. Info on festival itself, contact SAJCC Director Yuki Ibuki at yuki@southernazjapan.org.

Updates and prize give a ways  will be posted on our FB page:https://www.facebook.com/southernazjapan/

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.”

Read more at http://allegiancemusical.com/article/allegiance-film-encore/#TDIKqGAaKRgBfBso.99

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