Children’s Day doll display at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in April into May

April 24, 2018 – May 27, 2018, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. Tucson

“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. In celebration of the holiday schools have the day off and many families plan outings to fun places like amusement parks. Preceding Children’s Day is Girl’s Day. There are many comparable traditions between the two celebrations, such as setting up a tiered display of traditionally dressed dolls and accessories. These traditional displays of figures and other objects are called Musha Ningyo.

The Children’s Day Display at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures dates to the mid-20th century and was donated to the museum in 2014 by Nancy Phillips. The display will be up from April 24 through May 27, 2018.”



  • GENERAL: $9.
  • YOUTH (AGE 4-17): $6


Still Boys’ Day in Hawaii where families fly koi wind socks outside their homes on tall bamboo poles, representing how many sons they have. Here’s a koinobori (wind sock) photo:

Koinobori owned by Stephan Classen, only son of the Editor

“Your Name” film screening at APASA Heritage Month movie night on April 12

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) office is at 1212 E. University Blvd, in the Nugent Bldg. on the UA Campus, on the 2nd floor.

“Take a break before finals start and watch a movie at APASA. “Your Name” will be shown with a discussion/reflection about the film after the movie. Enjoy some food and snacks while you watch!

“Your Name” (2016) is a Japanese animated romantic fantasy drama written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film tells the story about a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who one day wake up and swap bodies. This strange, and random circumstance causes them to try to adjust their lives around each other and communicate through notes left behind as a connection between them unfolds.”


Talk on WWII Japanese American internment camps in Arizona at Himmel library on April 11, 2018

UPDATE: Here is the hyperlink to Dr. Yanagihashi’s article on the camps:


UPDATE:  copy of Min’s article is linked above in pdf and so are links to videotapes taken by James Tokishi,  of the lecture below. Over 40 people attended.

Retired East Asian Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi has recently written an article about the two large Arizona camps at Gila River and Poston. He is a Nisei (2nd Generation) from Honolulu, Hawaii. Light refreshments will be served at this free talk at Himmel Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. (SW corner of N. Treat Ave. and E. 1st Street, south of Speedway Blvd).

Sponsored by Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition, on which Dr. Yanagihashi is a Council member since its inception in 2012. He is pictured below speaking about the camps at the 75th anniversary of E.O. 9066 forum last Feb. 2017, at Tucson Desert Art Museum.

Videotape of the lecture Part 2 (questions/answers):

L-R: Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, Prof. Min Yanagihashi (speaking) and Prof. Kathryn Nakagawa  (at Feb. 2017 Japanese American internment camp talk at Tucson Desert Art Museum).

AATJ Japanese Speech Contest at PCC West on April 8, 2018

“Come join us for the 29th Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest!
The objectives of the Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest are to bring together Japanese language students from all over the state of Arizona to present their individually-written and memorized speeches before a panel of judges, family, and community members. Participants with a range of language ability (beginner to advanced) and from a range of institutions (high school, community college, and university) are invited to compete for prizes and participate in cultural activities.
By providing an opportunity for students to compete at a state-wide speech contest, we hope to encourage the study of the Japanese language. It is stimulating for students to see their peers from other schools working hard to achieve the same goal of Japanese language proficiency. We aim to create ties throughout our community by opening the event to the public and by soliciting sponsors among local shops, restaurants, and other business entities within and outside of Arizona. We believe that the state-wide speech contest is an ideal format for students to develop their presentational skills; furthermore, it is a great chance for students to use Japanese beyond the traditional classroom setting.”


The 29th Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest
Application Instructions (2018)

Time & Date:
12:30 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018

Center for the Arts,
Pima Community College, West Campus
2202 W. Anklam Road
Tucson, AZ 85709