Tucson Meet Yourself “reframed” with Japanese cultural performances online, and takoyaki food booth in October – updated

Tucson Meet Yourself goes virtual in 2020, with some Japanese performances and food trucks roundup in October

Go to www.tucsonmeetyourself.org for all information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) festival is online for performances, and as for food, having several food truck roundup weekends. Schedule below for Japanese culture.

October 8 Mari Kaneta & Suzuyuki-kai traditional dance performances at 1 p.m and 3 p.m. (see website Calendar for online links). Updated with links of the performances below.


Mari Kaneta & Suzuyuki-Kai dancers



October 15 Odaiko Sonora taiko drum performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (see website Calendar for online links)

Odaiko Sonora drummers

October 10 & 11 Takoyaki balls food booth/truck at Mercado San Agustin, 125 S. Avenida del Convento (west side), 11 to 5 p.m. take out only

October 17 & 18 Takoyaki balls food booth/truck at Cafe Santa Rosa, 2615 S. 6th Avenue (south), 11 to 5 p.m. take out only

October 24 & 25 Takoyaki balls food booth/truck at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. (central), 11 to 5 p.m. take out only

Tomomi Katz on far left, with her helpers at her Takoyaki Balls food booth, photo courtesy of Steven Meckler for Tucson Meet Yourself

Also, new this year is Lit Up: Traditional Artists on Public Walls on Fridays starting Oct. 2nd to Oct. 23 , from dusk 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Three venues will be lit up at the Aloft Hotel, Tucson City Court, Winterhaven Square. UPDATE: two additional building sites added – PICOR and Kent’s Tools. See TMY website for locations.

Participating for Japanese culture are:

Dance Traditions: 
Mari Kaneta,  Japanese traditional dance

Folk Arts Traditions:
Chieko (Chi) Nakano, Origami
Akiko Victorson, Japanese Shodo Calligraphy

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