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/


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

UPDATE 10/6/2020: 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 (2020) for the public to enjoy.
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. Be safe. Stay safe.

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.”



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Fall Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens in November

November 19-22/27-29, 2020 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

“Enjoy dozens of signature floral compositions highlighting the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles in Japan’s most distinctive art form.

General admission: $16 adults

Children under 15: $5

Members: $10

Includes entry to the entire Gardens.”





Music of Dreams on December 5 at Yume Japanese Gardens

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An Evening of Japanese Flute

December 5, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Paul Amiel of Tucson’s Empty Bamboo Shakuhachi Circle performs evocative music on the shakuhachi, or Japanese bamboo flute. 

General admission: $25 – advance purchase required. 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson

Audience limited to a maximum of 20 persons.Purchase Tickets


PUPPET SHOWS at Yume Japanese Gardens on December 13


December 13, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm / from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Tiny though you be, you can still realize big dreams, including finding lasting love. So learns Issun-boshi, diminutive hero of the charming Japanese fairytale “Little One-Inch.” 

As his name indicates, Little One-Inch’s stature is minature. But his adventures are grand, and so is his eventual bliss: he plies a rice bowl as a boat and uses a chopstick as an oar, wields a needle to valiantly defend a lovely princess against a huge ogre, and wins her grateful heart and hand in a happily-ever-after marriage.

“Little One-Inch” will be staged by The Red Herring Puppets. Lisa Sturz, artistic director of the company, is an Emmy award-winning puppeteer who has worked with Walt Disney Imagineering, PBS, NBC, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. With her fellow puppeteers, she brings this centuries-old Japanese coming-of-age story to memorable, colorful life.

General admission: $16 adults

Children age 3 to 15: $10 

Tickets include admission to Yume Japanese Gardens

Advance purchase required – Audience limited to a maximum of 10 persons per show

The 3:30 pm show is sold out. Still availabilities for the 2:00 pm showPurchase Tickets