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/

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2nd Annual Haiku HIke contest in downtown Tucson ongoing till March 10; winners to be announced in early April

UPDATE 4/1/2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to shift our priorities and resources to the health and safety of the downtown community. This includes the many small businesses, residents, employees and patrons who need our full attention during this rapidly evolving situation. As of now, the Haiku Hike is postponed until further notice.

We plan on announcing the winners of this year’s Haiku Hike as soon as we can. We still plan on displaying the 20 winning haiku this year for the public to enjoy. We will continue to post updates to this page.

We want to thank Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center for their partnership.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and minimize the long-term disruption of downtown activities, Downtown Tucson Partnership encourages members of the community to follow the guidance of health and government officials. Please visit our website for COVID-19 Resources.


Haiku Hike

“The Downtown Tucson Partnership together with the University of Arizona Poetry Center are proud to announce the 2nd annual Haiku Hike literary competition. Twenty winning haiku poems will be printed on acrylic signage and displayed in downtown planters located on Congress Street and Stone Avenue in Downtown Tucson. These signs will provide visual and cultural interest throughout the spring season, beginning April 3.

What is a Haiku…

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

All haiku entries will be judged by Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert.

This year’s theme will be “Living in the Present Moment.” Learn more about how to write a haiku here.

Only one entry per person, with a maximum of three haiku allowed. Submissions will be accepted through March 10. Winners will be announced on Downtown Tucson Partnership’s website, social media and by email to all entrants on March 19. All winners will receive public recognition and have their work featured on public signage, online and in the media.

A few general rules:

  1. One entry per person, with a maximum of three haiku allowed.
  2. Once your haiku are submitted, you aren’t able to edit them. So be sure to look them over before you submit.”

Haiku Hike

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