Japanese bento cooking class at UA LSB Building on June 7

Note that deadline is June 5 to apply. Register via QR code or email to Noriko Hayashi, the Japan Outreach Initiative coordinator.

Learning Services Building (LSB) is where the East Asian Studies Dept. is housed on the first floor, at 1512 E. 1st St. (SE corner of E. 1st St. and Vine Avenue). Take the Sun Tran bus #4 or Sun Link streetcar to this location, or park in the garages on campus.

Two Japanese films part of free Loft Kids Fest in June at Loft Cinema

Don’t miss “Mary & the Witch’s Flower” on June 8 at 10 a.m. and “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” on June 29 at 10 a.m. Pick up free tickets that day at box office at the Loft Cinema at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Loft Kids Fest runs from May 31 to June 30, with nine other free films for children and their adult friends:

June 8 at 10 a.m.

June 29 at 10 a.m.

New Book “Japan’s Intractable Problems & American Involvement” published by Dr. Min Yanagihashi in May 2024

Retired UA East Asian Studies professor Min Yanagihashi has just published another book, “Japan’s Intractable Problems & American Involvement.” Min is Nisei from Honolulu, Hawaii.

“Over seventy-five years have passed without any changes in the Japanese Constitution. A similar length of time has elapsed without the resolving of small island disputes with three of Japan’s neighbors. The United States is involved in all of these protracted issues. The two sets of problems are: (1) revision of the status of the emperor and Article 9 with its war renunciation clause, and (2) island disputes with Russia, South Korea, and China. Individuals and organizations engaged the planning, formulation, and implementation of policies are discussed, including the prospects for change. The resolution of these problems will go a long way in determining the nature of the move and the direction Japan takes, and what role it will play in the global community.” (from Amazon.com). Book is available on Amazon.com, at Barnes & Noble & Walmart.

Summer Haiku Walk at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 23

“Experience the Flower Moon with a captivating nocturnal journey through Yume Japanese Gardens, a unique event designed to showcase the garden’s beauty under the moonlight. 

This special occasion invites you to embrace the serene world of haiku poetry, on the theme of ‘Moonlit Blooms’, offering a creative outlet to express the wonders of spring, from the vibrant blossoms to the tranquil night. As you wander the paths, discover the perfect harmony between nature’s nighttime spectacle and poetic inspiration. Celebrate the season in an extraordinary setting, where the magic of the Flower Moon illuminates every corner, creating a backdrop ideal for poetic expression and personal reflection. Join us for an unforgettable evening under the stars, where the essence of spring and the art of haiku converge, leaving you with lasting memories of beauty and creativity.

This event will be led by award-winning poet, Kenneth Pearson. Kenneth is the digital librarian for The Haiku Foundation and the author of five collections of poetry, including two collections of haiku. He resides in Vail, AZ.”


Thursday, May 23, 2024

7:30pm – 9pm


$20 General/$10 Members 

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