Shonen Knife to perform at 191 Toole Ave. on May 23, 2017

Shonen Knife trio

“A 4,000 mile journey across America celebrating the music of Japan’s ​most beloved indie rock legends and the joy of eating Ramen.”

The band will perform at 191 Toole Ave. in Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, May 23rd! This venue is just west of 6th Avenue on Toole in downtown Tucson.

More info coming soon!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Doors: TBD
Show: TBD
Ticket Price: $15

“Shonen Knife, (meaning “Boy Knife” in Japanese) is an all-female Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English.

Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal ’90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross. The band has been credited with making “the international pop underground more international” by “opening it up to bands from Japan”. They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones and have recorded music for numerous films including the theme song to the popular “PowerPuff Girls” cartoon series.

Shonen Knife has toured worldwide playing their unique brand of rock, with extensive touring in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand and more, the band is always moving forward and growing as a band with each and every release. SK’s 20th album release entitled “Overdrive” was released in spring of 2014 followed by a wildly succesful UK, European and Japanese Tour to support the new album. The band has recently completed a 2014 North American tour including their 1000th performance in St. Paul MN on 9/16/14 !”

Tucson Japanese Meet up lunch on May 20, 2017

Japanese Meet Up Group luncheon at Sushi Garden on May 20


みなさま いかがお過ごしでしょうか。

ツーソンにお住まいの日本人あるいは日本文化に興味のある方の親睦の場として、交流会Tucson Japanese Meet-Up(食事会)を下記の通り計画しました。



日時:520 (土)1200午後230

場所:Sushi Garden(              3048 East Broadway Blvd,Tucson, Arizona             (520) 326-4700               

会費(ランチバッフェ): $14 ($10.5(5-10)5歳未満無料)チップtax含   当日集めます(釣銭のないようキャッシュご用意願います)          飲物、デザートは個人で注文願います。


cell: 520-907-1934までご連絡ください。また何でもご遠慮なくお問い合わせ願います。皆様にお会いできるのを楽しみにしております。


We are having a party to promote friendship and interaction within our Tucson community. It’s also an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in Japanese culture. Let’s enjoy socializing with the people working in different disciplines.

Everyone is welcome including newcomers to Tucson.

Date : Saturday,May 20th    

Time: 12:00-2:30pm                                Location:Sushi Garden(                            3048 East Broadway Blvd,Tucson, Arizona (520) 326-4700                 Fee of lunch buffet: $14$10.50(5-10yrs.) free under 5 and tip included    

Please order drink or dessert individually if you want.            Please give the fee on site (accept only cash).                   Please send the names of all participants prior to May.16th to YukihiroYukiIbuki  yibukijp@gmail.comcell: 520-907-1934

Please feel free to ask any questions. Thank you.

Saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa in concert at UA Holsclaw Hall on May 9, with pianist Minako Koyanagi

Holsclaw Hall is at 1017 N. Olive Rd. (south of Speedway, east of Park Ave.) in Tucson on the University of Arizona campus.

“The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music will be Sugawa’s first stop on his 2017 United States tour. The master class will feature UA students of Dr. Edward Goodman. The recital will include compositions by composers Giuliano Caccini, Geroge Gershwin, Chick Corea, Johann Sebastian Bach and Takashi Yoshimatsu. This event and tour is made possible by Yamaha.

About the Guest Artist:

One of Japan’s most distinguished saxophonists, Nobuya Sugawa studied at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music and has always been admired by many young Japanese saxophonists.

Sugawa makes about 100 recital and concert appearances a year and he has recorded more than 25 CDs, including highly acclaimed Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Saxophone Concerto Cyber-bird with BBC Philharmonic (CHANDOS) and MADE IN JAPAN (Toshiba-EMI), the Japanese contemporary works.

He has worked with most of Japan’s leading orchestras, The Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Orchestra d’Harmonie de la Garde Republicaine, and Aargauer Symphonie Orchester in Switzerland, Wutterbergische Philharmonie in Germany. He is appointed to a concert master of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and a resident conductor of Yamaha Symphonic Band.

In 2001, he has worked with NHK Symphony Orchestra on their regular program, conducted by Charles Dutoit. He toured with the jazz bassist Ron Carter in 2000 and with the guitarist Martin Taylor in 2002. In 2003, he played at Musikverein Brahmssaal, Wien. He has also given master classes at music colleges throughout Japan, Europe and the States. Nobuya Sugawa is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
About the Pianist:

Minako Koyanagi is from Niigata prefecture, located in the central area of Japan. Her career as a pianist deserves high praise for her chamber music performances. As the wife of saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa, she has been performing with him for more than 30 years. She has played the piano parts of almost all duo pieces written by Messrs. Takashi Yoshimatsu, Akira Nishimura, Jun Nagao, and many others. Above all, she played as the second-soloist when they performed “Cyber Bird” by Takashi Yoshimatsu with Philharmonia Orchestra. This performance attracted wide attention both in Japan and UK.

Koyanagi has been performing with Sugawa in more than 10 CD albums. Along with Sugawa, doing concerts and teaching master classes, she has worked in countries such as USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France, Netherland, Spain, Austria, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand.”

Children’s Day Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 6


“Japanese parents so cherish their sons and daughters that in 1948 they set aside the fifth day of every May as a national holiday to celebrate the health and happiness of their youngsters. Children of all ages and persuasions in Tucson will follow suit on Saturday, May 6, at the fourth annual Children’s Day Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson opened in January 2013 as Southern Arizona’s only authentic Japanese gardens. Each May since, the non-profit has attracted hundreds to its Children’s Day Festival, with traditional Japanese wooden toys, goldfish netting, yukata (summer-weight kimonos) for youngsters to wear, and handicrafts, such as origami (paper folding).

New activities this year include showing children how to make bento: box-shaped containers that are universal in Japan for carrying home-packed meals to school or work. Bento kits, assembly lessons, chopsticks, and rice and other food for the boxes will be for sale for $15.

Additionally, a flamboyantly dressed role-player – personified by Lani Chan (aka Lani Villanueva) – will entertain children as the singing and dancing Miku Hatsune, an anime character and virtual pop star famous in Japan as a “vocaloid,” or humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application.

Admission to the Festival costs $10 for adults and $3 for children fifteen and under. To fight early summer temperatures, visitors can purchase traditional Japanese foods, such as cold noodles and shaved, flavored ices.

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson are located at 2130 Alvernon Way, immediately south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. It showcases five traditional Japanese garden designs, a large koi pond, a replica traditional Japanese house, and a museum currently featuring an exhibition of classical and contemporary hand-painted Japanese hanging scrolls.”

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For more information on the Children’s Day Festival or the Gardens, call (520) 272-3200, write or visit the Gardens website at

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