2nd Annual Haiku Hike winners announced in March 2021

Downtown Tucson’s 2nd Annual Haiku Hike winners announced in March 2021

Haiku Hike

2nd Annual Literary Competition

On display starting the first day of Spring 2021: March 20


“Presented by The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the 2nd annual Haiku Hike literary competition showcases twenty winning haiku poems printed on acrylic signage in planters located along Congress Street and Stone Avenue. These signs provide visual and cultural interest throughout the Spring season, beginning Saturday, March 20 through June 1. A hike through downtown following the Haiku trail is the perfect opportunity for the public to get reacquainted with all that Tucson’s urban center has to offer.

DTP is continuing to encourage downtown patrons to Visit Safely by social distancing from others, wearing a mask and washing or sanitizing hands regularly. DTP has posted hundreds of health and safety reminders, and deployed 30 hand sanitizer stations throughout downtown.

2021 Theme: Living in the Present Moment


20winning haiku poems

displayed throughout the Spring season

selected by poet laureate of Tucson, TC Tolbert

1,000approx. footsteps on the Haiku Hike

712haiku were submitted in the competition

572submissions came from Tucson

14different states represented in the submissions

8different countries represented in the submissions

Locations of the Winning Haiku

Twenty winning haiku poems are printed on acrylic signage and located in planters along Congress Street and Stone Avenue. Click on the numbered points in the map below to read each Poet’s haiku, where they’re from in the world, and the closest physical address of their haiku in Downtown Tucson.

How the competition works

This year’s haiku entries were judged by Tucson’s poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. Twenty winning poems were selected from over 700 submissions. All winners receive public recognition and have their work featured on public signage downtown, online and in the media. Poets were encouraged to submit haiku reflecting this theme.”

What is a Haiku?

… a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven and five.

Learn more about how to write a haiku.

Karen Korematsu, daughter of civil rights icon the late Fred Korematsu, to speak virtually on March 24 at UA Law School

“Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and daughter of the late civil rights icon, will deliver the 2021 Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law on March 24. 

Korematsu will discuss why her father’s fight for justice was a fight for all Americans, and what his message would be if he were living today. Topics will include her father’s background, why his controversial U.S. Supreme Court case decision has been cited frequently over the past 75 years, and Dr. Korematsu’s campaign for the State of Arizona to establish “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” on January 30 in perpetuity.

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at 23 years old, he refused to go to the United States government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity. The decision in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944) was widely criticized and has been repudiated by modern courts. In 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history. 

When: Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (PST) 

Where: Peter Chase Neumann Lecture will de delivered live via Zoom. Register here. 

Who may attend: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 


About Karen Korematsu 
Since her father’s passing in 2005, Karen Korematsu has carried on his legacy as a public speaker, educator and civil rights advocate. She shares her father’s passion for social justice and education and in 2009 established the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to advance racial equity, social justice and human rights for all. The Institute’s work has expanded from K-12 civic education to promoting public civic engagement and participation.  

Her work extends to advocating civil liberties for all communities and addresses current issues that draws upon lessons of the past. 

Korematsu has signed on to amicus briefs in several cases opposing violations of constitutional rights arising after 9/11, including Odah v. United States, Turkman v.  AshcroftHedges v. Obama, and Hassan v. City of New York and recently, Hawaii v. Trump

In 2015, she was inducted as the first non-lawyer member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Korematsu serves on the board of directors of Advancing Justice-AAJC and NAPABA Law Foundation. Korematsu has received numerous awards and honors including GMNY 2015 Isidore Starr Award, Muslim Advocates-Voice of Freedom Award; the “Key to the City of Dearborn, Michigan”; and the ACLU-Chief Justice Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award. Most recently, Korematsu received the Community Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington, D.C. and her first honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont. 

About the Peter Chase Neumann Lecture 
The Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice is part of Arizona Law’s Civil Justice Initiative, which seeks to elevate the American civil justice system and train the next generation of great trial lawyers. 

The lecture series began in 2013, with past speakers including Thomas Girardi, Patrick J. McGroder, Richard Fried and Randi McGinn. University of Arizona Law alumnus Peter Chase Neumann (’64) endowed the lecture in 2016.”


Spring Ikebana festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on March 11 to 14, and 18 to 21

“Ikebana, also known as “the Way of the Flowers”, is the meditative art of Japanese floral arrangements, and its ideals embody the essence of taste, beauty, and oneness with nature. During our annual Spring Ikebana Festival, traditional to contemporary artworks will be presented by local artists and will show the interesting variation in techniques and styles of the different Ikebana schools.

Timed-slotted tickets (slots available every two/three hours). Last admission at 3:30 pm.

General admission: $15 adults – Children under 15: $5 – Members: $10

Purchase Tickets”


Authors Janice Nimura & Mark Oshiro coming virtually to 2021 Tucson Festival of Books on March 6 & 7

“Janice P. Nimura is an author whose work includes “Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back,” which was a New York Times Notable book in 2015. She has written essays and book reviews for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon and LitHub, among others.

Nimura has also received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on “The Doctors Blackwell.””

She is married to a Japanese National from Tokyo and lived in Japan for several years.


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Scheduled events:Who Makes History?What makes history, who makes it and why are some stories told – and some aren’t? Historians Janice Nimura, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and Susan Crane come together to discuss these intriguing questions and much more.

Non-Fiction Stage 2 (Seats 1000)
Sat, Mar 6, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
History / Biography

Panelists: Susan CraneJacquelyn Dowd HallJanice Nimura
Moderator: Susan Crane


“Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of the young adult novels Anger Is a Gift and Each of Us is a Desert. Their middle grade debut, The Insiders, will be released in late 2021. When they are not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every dog in the world.”

Mark was adopted by a Japanese/Hawaiian father, originally from the island of Lanai. He has spent a lot of time on Oahu.


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Scheduled events:Fantasy Worlds of Power and DeceptionJoin these three young adult authors who built dark fantasy worlds and high-octane tales of power, betrayal, sacrifice and love set in Greek mythology, ancient Arabia and treacherous deserts. These haunting tales grab hold of the reader and don’t let go.

CT Stage 3 (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Children / Teens

Panelists: Alexandra BrackenHafsah FaizalMark Oshiro
Moderator: Michelle Mohrweis

Info at www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

To sign in to see the virtual presentations/sessions, you will need to go to www.crowdcast.io/tfob and create a password, which gives you access to the TFOB website. Video on how to navigate that website is at: https://tucson.com/news/local/watch-now-navigating-the-virtual-tucson-festival-of-books/video_6f87aefd-a111-5291-a51d-9305dca7fb6c.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1


Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) on March 3, 2021

Girls’ Day is coming up on March 3 (3/3) in our Japanese culture. I always looked forward to that day, being the only girl in my family of three (with two brothers) to put out on display my Japanese dolls and to be served my favorite foods.

Celebrate by viewing elaborate doll displays ongoing at the Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, and also at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. More info on specific exhibit start/end times and museum hours of operation in our Calendar. Mini Time Machine exhibit started on February 9, and Yume Garden’s one on February 25.