Upcoming Events

Posted by Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, Editor

Please click on the Calendar link for more information on Japanese cultural events in Southern Arizona

For Upcoming Japanese Movies, go to our separate link: http://www.southernazjapan.org/upcoming-movies/


Tucson Go Club at Otaku Nation for summer 2019

Tuesdays June 18, and 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20 and 27; from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Tucson GO Club is happy to announce they’re adding a new weekly event for new and experienced players of GO!

Learn from experienced instructors, play open games, and get the experience you need to compete at a higher level!

We will have plenty of well-lit open table space, streaming anime & music, snacks for sale, and more to make you all feel welcome 🙂 “

Otaku Nation is at 3919 E. Pima St. in Tucson (NE corner of Alvernon Way).


1st Tucson Godzilla Festival on August 24 at Metal Arts Village, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

“The Metal Arts Village is hosting the 1st ever Tucson Godzilla Fest! Come join us for an atomic blast filled evening!

A family friendly event for new and old fans alike. The first 50 people will receive a souvenir at the door. We will be discussing Kaiju films, and giant monster television shows and games. Additionally anyone who is interested in collecting figures we will have special panels talking about the figures, contests with prizes, local artists with special prints for sale, and much, much more!

If you are a Local Arizona Artist or Creative and want to contribute, collaborate or is interested in hosting a table please feel free to contact us! “

Hope to see you there!



“And Then They Came for Us” film about Japanese American internment camps on September 7 at Pima County Democratic Party headquarters, 4639 E. 1st St.

Description: Film about WWIIJapanese American internment sponsored by LD 9 Democrats, PCDP and Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus (of AZ Dem Party). Discussion to be led by Cat Ripley (half Japanese American) Executive Director of PDCP. “Seventy-seven years ago President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way for the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US educates audiences about the constitutional damage done in the name of national security. Thousands of American citizens lost their homes, their businesses and their families due to war hysteria and racism. Yet the validity of these actions were upheld by the US Supreme Court in 1944, based on governmental lies which were later uncovered. The film features Japanese Americans who were incarcerated, rediscovered photos of Dorothea Lange and the story of Fred Korematsu’s long journey to justice. The film brings history into the present, as it follows Japanese Americans speaking out against the current Muslim travel ban and other regressive immigration policies.”


40th Annual Koi Show & Auction on Nov. 9 & 10, 2019 at Oro Valley Marketplace