Tucson Japanese Festival coming up on January 18, 2020 at Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

The Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition is once again sponsoring a New Year’s festival (for the 7th time) on January 18, 2020 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. Co-sponsored by Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers and the TCCC.

Our first Tucson Mochitsuki (mochi pounding) festival was in 2014 at Yume Japanese Gardens, the 2nd was at Rhythm Industry Performance Center (home of Odaiko Sonora), then 3 times at PCC Downtown. Last year the festival moved to the lovely Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Ticket price is still the same $5 adults, free for children 5 years and younger. Door prizes will be given out as usual.Parking is limited, so please car pool. Accessible by Sun Shuttle 412.

To volunteer or for more info contact K at communications@southernazjapan.org.

Updates will be on our FB page. www.facebook.com/southernazjapan/

Join us in celebrating Japanese culture in the Year of the Rat, 2020.

Slide show on New Kumu Hula book at Himmel Park library on Dec. 19

A new book by Dr. Min Yanagihashi  (retired from UA East Asian Studies Dept.) wrote in collaboration with Leiola Galla, Kumu Hula: Challenging Journey of a Hula Master has come out in early December.  It also deals with Japan—”There is a section on the globalization of hula, where Min discuss the development of hula in Japan, where there are today about 500,000 hula dancers, more than in Hawai’i, and there are two hula magazines.  It has caught on with the Japanese women!”

Learn how to make a New Year’s Kadomatsu at Yume Japanese Gardens on Dec. 14

” We will demonstrate how to make a large, traditional Japanese New Year’s arrangement, made with pine and bamboo, called a kadomatsu. In Japan, these arrangements flank the entrances of homes and shops in pairs to welcome ancestral spirits and to assure prosperity in the New Year. The demo is free with regular Gardens admission. After the demonstration, a hands-on workshop at 1:00 pm gives you the opportunity to make your own small kadomatsu to take home. Workshop cost: $30. Reservations required.”

Sat. Dec. 14, from 11 to 2 p.m. at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson


Tucson Japanese Meet Up Luncheon on Dec. 7 at Wok & Roll restaurant


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今年最後の交流会Tucson Japanese Meet-Up(食事会)を下記の通り計画しました。


今回は1月18日に行われるTucson Japanese Festival(ポスター添付)のボランテイアの応募受付や説明もさせて頂きます。みなさまのご参加を心からお待ちしております。

日時:12月7日 (土)12時-午後2時

場所:WOK&ROLL(wokandrollaz.com/) 3000 WEST INA ROAD,TUCSON, AZ. 85741          

会費: 大人(12歳以上)$14  8-11歳$6 4-7歳$5  3歳以下無料                                       



参加ご希望の方は、12月5日(木)までに 伊吹之博 yibukijp@gmail.com

(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, especially newcomers to Tucson. And we’ll give the information there to the people who are interested in volunteers of Tucson Japanese Festival on Jan.18th .

Date: Saturday,Dec.7th    

Time: 12:00-2:00pm                                          

Location : WOK&ROLL(wokandrollaz.com/)

3000 WEST INA ROAD,TUCSON, AZ. 85741  

Fee:$14 adult(12yrs and over),$6(8-11yrs),$5(4-7yrs) free under 3yrs 

(Tip included, drink not included)Please give the fee on site (accept only cash).                                                                                                               

Please send the names of all participants prior to Dec.5th to

Yukihiro(Yuki)Ibuki  yibukijp@gmail.com(cell: 520-907-1934)

Please feel free to ask any questions. Thank you. 

Frank Tomizuka Ceramic Sale on November 24 at his studio in Tucson

“Please come and celebrate another year of reduction fired stoneware making. 

-naturalistic pottery influenced by Japanese ceramics.
-simple pots meant to be pleasing, useful and promote a connection with nature.

All the usual treats and drinks will be available and please feel free to tour our home. Kim will be your excellent tour guide.

-hope to see you!!  <3

2046 E. 4th St (SW corner of Olsen and 4th St.) 10-4 pm.”