Upcoming Events

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
Fall Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on 
Oct. 25 to 29

Shakuhachi flute player Paul Amiel at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Venture into the Gardens after dusk and immerse yourself in the bewitching glow of candle- and lantern light, accompanied by evocative recorded traditional Japanese melodies played on bamboo flute, thekoto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), and theshamisen, or Japanese lute.

This fall our Enchanted Evenings take place from Thursday, October 25 to Monday, October 29. Stroll Yume’s paths from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in search of haunting perceptions of a landscape that you can sense, but not readily see. Admission is $15 per person.

Parking for this event is restricted to the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and to East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Parking is NOT permitted on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume. If you park on a residential street, please be mindful not to block our neighbors’ driveways.”

2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson



Steinway Piano Gala with Jon Nakamatsu at UA Crowder Hall from Oct. 29 to 31

The Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona presents
“Steinway Piano Gala” featuring Van Cliburn-Competition gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu
to celebrate the new Peter & Debbie Coogan Steinway D in Crowder Hall.
In addition to a solo recital, the celebrated pianist will offer a master class
and an all-school convocation in Crowder Hall (1017 N. Olive Rd. in Tucson).Nakamatsu’s solo recital will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
The program will include Clementi’s Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 5;
Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale;”
and Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5 by Brahms.
Tickets are available from the College of Fine Arts Box Office:
520-621-1162, tickets.arizona.edu.A master class featuring Fred Fox School of Music piano performance majors
on Monday, October 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
in Crowder Hall is free admission and open to the public.During the All-School Convocation in Crowder Hall on Wednesday, October 31,
Mr. Nakamatsu will share stories about his experience, as he is interviewed
by Fred Fox School of Music faculty member and Steinway Artist John Milbauer,
followed by a Q&A session. The public is also invited to this event.This series of events featuring Jon Nakamatsu celebrates the culmination of a
piano campaign initiated by the Fred Fox School of Music Advisory Board
to raise funds for two new Steinway concert grand pianos for both of our performance halls.
Thanks to generous donors Peter and Debbie Coogan,we now have two beautiful new Steinway pianos in our building. This performance will feature the
Peter & Debbie Coogan Steinway D.”



Gila River Monument clean up & remembrance on November 3rd at Gila River Indian reservation

· Hosted by JACL Arizona Chapter

“On Saturday, November 3, 2018, chapter and community members will gather for the autumn Gila River Monument Clean-up. This visit will be marked as a time of remembrance.

This project consists of picking up trash and painting over graffiti. Supplies, such as trash bags, paint, brushes, gloves, as well as water, will be provided. Participants are advised to wear outdoor-appropriate work clothing and footgear.

Participants will assemble at the Casa Blanca Market/Gas Station (2577 Casa Blanca Road, Bapchule, AZ 85121, Exit 175 from the I-10) at 9:00 a.m., prompt. A Gila River Land Use Ordinance Officer will escort us onto the monument site via car caravan. If entering the site, participants are required to provide their names and the description and license plate of their vehicles to the officer. If interested in this project, please submit names and vehicle information to Donna Cheung [dcheung2721@gmail.com] or 602-501-3505 by Saturday, October 27. Thank you.

Lunch reception and programming to follow.”


39th Annual Southern Arizona Koi Association Annual Koi Show on Nov. 10 & 11 at Oro Valley Marketplace
November 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. Start setting up for the show
Noon-4:00 p.m. Vendor Set-up
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fish Registration.
6:30 p.m.-??? Meet the Judges Dinner at the home of John and LaDoris Goudy
November 10, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Fish Registration & Check-in
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Public viewing of Koi, entertainment & vendor displays
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Judging of the Fish.
7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Awards Banquet at El Molinito, 10180 N. Oracle
November 11, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Show talk and Breakfast at the home of Patti and David Carlson
9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Public viewing of exhibits and Vendors
10:00 – Noon Vendor Specials
Noon till done Koi Auction
1:00 p.m. Super Raffle
3:30 p.m. Fish Removal
*****Note: Out of town entrants may request early fish removal but not before 2 p.m.

Fall Ikebana Floral Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 20 to 28 (except Thanksgiving Day)

Enjoy dozens of signature floral compositions highlighting the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms, during our Fall Ikebana Festival.

As we do each autumn, we are again opening the Gardens to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds and museum that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

This year the Fall Festival runs from Tuesday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 28, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, when Yume will be closed. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15.

Be sure to combine your Festival visit with a walk through our newest museum gallery, featuring a permanent display of selections from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vases and vessels – the largest in the nation. Made of bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, and glass, some are more than a century old, others are contemporary; all are carefully designed to complement the Zen-like spirit of the flower arrangements they hold.

Festival parking is available in the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and on East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Please DO NOT park on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume.

Yume Gardens is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


2019 Tucson Japanese Festival moving to new location to Tucson Chinese Cultural Center on January 19