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 Japanese Language School schedule for 2018 to 2019 (ongoing)

※ このお知らせは、補習校に登録されているアドレスに広く送らせていただいています。


“We are very excited to announce that we are opening classes for students who don’t have a Japanese background next fall! Last three years, Tucson Japanese Language School has been dedicated to providing Japanese children opportunities to learn Japanese language and culture in a school setting with their peers and also helping families to immerse their children cross-cultural experiences to deepen understanding in Japanese culture and tradition.
This coming academic year, we would like to invite children in all over Tucson who is interested in Japanese language and culture to experience our one of a kind program. Please see the attachments below for the details and see if your child qualifies.
If you wish to enroll your child, please fill out Enrollment Intent and mail it along with $30 one-time enrollment fee by July 20, 2018. Your child(ren) will be placed in the order that this letter was received for each child. Please note that we are not obligated to secure your child’s spot until all documents have been completed and full or partial tuition has been paid in time.”
Feel free to email us if you have any questions. 
2018 – 2019 School Calendar
1803 E Seneca St. Tucson, AZ 85719
Tucson Japanese Language School Managers
 Hitomi McKnight
 Minami Espinosa

Enchanted Evenings on April 26 to 28 at Yume Japanese Gardens

” Come stroll the gardens after dusk while listening to recordings of Japanese folk melodies. The gardens will be softly illuminated by lanterns and candlelight. Japanese food will be available for purchase from the Takoyaki (Balls) Food Truck.

Enchanted Evenings runs Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each night.

Adult admission is $15, children 3-15 $5, and children 2 and under are free. Because this is the last event of the spring season, admission for members of Yume is FREE! “



Jake Shimabukuro at the Rialto Theatre on May 1st (May Day)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele master from Honolulu Hawaii is returning to play his ukulele at the Rialto Theatre. He is Gosei, 5th generation Japanese American.


https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1806373?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly (tickets $26 to $38). Rialto Theatre is at 318 E. Congress St. Tucson


TUCSON JAPANESE MEET-UP on May 11 at Wok & Roll

“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.

Date: Saturday,May.11th    

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm                                           

Location : WOK&ROLL(wokandrollaz.com/)

3000 WEST INA ROAD,TUCSON, AZ. 85741  

Fee:$14 adult(12yrs and over),$7(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 May.8th to

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

Please feel free to ask any questions. Thank you. TUCSON JAPANESE MEET UPのお知らせ

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および日本文化に興味のある方の親睦の場として交流会Tucson Japanese Meet-Up(食事会)を下記の通り計画しました


日時:5月11日 (土)午前11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$7 4-7歳$5  3歳以下無料  チップを含んでいます。


参加ご希望の方は、5月8日(水)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”


Shidara Taiko Drummers at Fox Tucson Theatre on May 12

” Shidara was founded in 1989 by artistic director, Chabo. With deep roots in their remote Japanese village, Shidara performance carries a purity and devotion to the forest, and a festival harmony between the human and spirit worlds. Members practice and train eleven hours a day. They exceed mental and physical limitations as a way of life, creating an explosive dynamism onstage. Shidara hopes to bring people together, joining hands in reciprocal support while walking the essential path of mutual encouragement. Shidara’s exciting musical performances have created a huge stir in the North American Taiko communities and received standing ovations at the U.S. debuts, ensuing the popular demand which inspired their now extremely successful North American Tour!

Presented with Odaiko Sonora.”

May 12, at 3 p.m. at Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. (west of Stone Ave.)

Tickets $19 to $39 on Fox Theatre website


Music of the Masters concert at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church on June 8

Also a TRO family concert at 1:30 p.m at same church.


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