Fly koi on Boys’ Day/Children’s Day

May 5 is traditionally considered Boys’ Day in Japanese culture, when we fly koinobori (koi/carp wind socks) to signify the number of boys in a household. “The carp is a symbol of strength, determination, vigor, and success.  Figurines of Japanese warriors and heroes are set up inside the house along with representations of samurai helmets to inspire strength and bravery.”

“Tango no Sekku or Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrating the healthy growth and development of children, especially boys. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage children to grow to be strong leaders and powerful individuals. Celebrated on May 5th, Children’s Day became a national holiday in 1948. Prior to that time many people celebrated May 5th as Boy’s Day.”

Children’s Day doll display will be at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures opening on April 25 to May 29, 2017 (4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr.)  Upcoming Children’s day festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 6, 2017 (2130 N. Alvernon Way). See our SAJCC Calendar for more details.

“Originally a festival to wish for the health and happiness of boys, Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, as it is now called, honors all children with traditional decorations and activities.” Favorite foods are prepared in honor of the boys in the household.

Happy Boys’ Day/Children’s Day 2017. May 5 is still Boys’ Day in Hawaii, and many koi are flown above homes.

Koi owned by Stephan Classen, only son of the Editor, photo courtesy of Carolyn Classen

Some Japanese cultural activities at May Day Celebration at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures (April 30)

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 12PM–4PM at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. , Tucson

Origami folding, Japanese songs, and taiko drumming by Odaiko Sonora will be part of the day’s festivities for May Day.

Take a trip around the world this spring and join us for May Day at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures! Participate in story time, create a mini dragon craft, explore our hands-on culture cart, enjoy musical performances, make origami and more! Fairy, Goblin or Elf attire is encouraged.

May Day activities are included with museum admission or free for members.


12:00PM– 4:00PM Kids Create- Make a Tiny Dragon
12:00PM– 2:00PM Origami with Emily Albee (new lessons start every half hour)
12:00PM– 2:00PM Dress Up Station
12:00PM– 2:00PM Culture Cart Art Cart
1:00PM– 1:45PM Storytime with Fairy Caitlin, Dragon Rheagal and Dragon Francesca fromMore to the Story Entertainment
1:45PM– 2:15PM Japanese songs performed by Shiho Takeda & Ayla Moreno on Violin and piano
2:30PM– 3:00PM Members from Odaiko Sonora will do a Taiko Drumming demonstration, followed by instruction for a simple Obon dance.
All at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. (west of Swan Rd.). Children’s Day doll display ongoing April 25 to May 29, 2017.

1000 Paper Cranes Community art project grand opening at Beads of Courage on April 19

“Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Beads of Courage member Kelsey Luria, and all the lives we touch through our mission, during the unveiling of the Beads of Courage 1,000 Origami Cranes Community Art Project. Japanese legend says that people with the patience and commitment to complete the project will be granted a wish. Together, we will hold a wish for children and teens coping with cancer and other serious illnesses to find a cure, happiness and strength throughout their journey.

The public is invited to the Beads of Courage 1,000 Origami Cranes Community Art Project Reception.
April 19th 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Light refreshments will be served.

Beads of Courage is grateful to the community of Tucson for responding to our call to action. Every origami crane was folded by hand by caring people with the support and enthusiasm of Coppelia Tarantal, Kelsey’s aunt.

The community is invited to lend support through our Buy One to Give One program. When you buy a crane bead or a Queen Bee bracelet kit, you make it possible for Beads of Courage to give one to a Beads of Courage member.”

Beads of Courage is located in the Metal Arts Village, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. (NE corner of E. Ft. Lowell Drive).

Enchanted Evenings on April 14 to 16, 2017 at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Yume by lantern- and candlelight is a sight to see! And its even better if floating through the deepening twilight are Japanese melodies from a bamboo flute.
Join us April 14 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm each evening, to stroll the Gardens as darkness gently descends and to enjoy live and recorded traditional music.
Admission to this after-hours event is $10 for adults, $5 for children 15 and under, and free for members of Yume Japanese Gardens.” for more info.

Grand opening of Otaku Nation AZ gaming store on April 14, 2017


“New Japanese imports, collectibles, and games store at 3919 E. Pima St. in Tucson, with TCGs, figures, art, books, models, board games, hobby supplies and more! Southern Arizona’s home for anime-related collectibles and games! Swing by to enjoy weekly anime screenings, Japanese games, and cultural events, and more!  

Grand Opening celebration on April 14, from 5 p.m. to midnight.

“Tucson asked for a store just for anime and manga fans, and we delivered! Come check our our growing store and community, while enjoying the festivities…

– food & drink (available on premises)

– ANIME screening (Evangelion Rebuild 1.0-3.33)

– board & card GAMES (bring your own, or rent one … show up in cosplay for a free rental coupon!)

– LIVE DRAWING CONTESTS!!! Otaku Nation needs a logo and a mascot. Finalists for both categories will be rewarded store credit and other prizes! Bring your tools – designs must be started and completed on site! Practical work only (digital work will be left for finalization of the imagery).

– COSPLAY CONTEST … best individual and best group will walk away with store credit & other prizes!


– want to SELL your art, costume pieces, or other nerdy wares through Otaku Nation? Bring example pieces or a portfolio to show off — talk to us!

– SMASH BROS king of the hill-style… last man standing at the end of festivities WINS!!! (Prizes tba)

More details TBA…

See you there!!!”

Contact Owner Jeremy Daniel,,