Upcoming Events

Postd 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/


Haiku Hike (March 20 to June 1)

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

What is a haiku?

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



Children’s Day doll exhibit at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures from April 7 to May 16, 2021

April 7, 2021 – May 16, 2021, Mini Time Museum of Miniatures at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, west of Swan Rd.

“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 Boys’ 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 Girls’ 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.”