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Don’t miss 15th anniversary celebration of Rogue Taiko at Rogue Theater

“Odaiko Sonora celebrates their 15th Anniversary at The Rogue Theatre (300 E. University Blvd. in Tucson) with two concerts, 2:00pm and 7:30pm on October 7.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and will be available from any Odaiko Sonora member, by calling The Rogue Theatre box office (520) 551-2053, or online at www.theroguetheatre.org.”
More info on taiko drumming troupe Odaiko Sonora at www.tucsontaiko.org.

The Lumies: Noche de las Artes

“This year’s LUMIES: Noche de las Artes, A Celebration of Arts Heroes will take place Thursday, September 28th, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Reid Park DeMeester Performance Center. Join us for a picnic in the park! General Admission-level ticketholders can bring folding chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. Sponsor-level ticketholders will have seats at a reserved table.

Hosted by: Cathy Rivers, KXCI Community Radio

Performers Include:
TC Tolbert, Tucson Poet Laureate
Dancing In The Streets
Odaiko Sonora
Axe Capoeira
Lenguas Largas
Flam Chen/MMOS
House DJs Miranda Luna and Solar Stephen
… and closing band Santa Pachita!

We have partnered with ON Media Publications as the 2017-2018 Arts Hero Sponsor and we are working together to create a beautiful event: LUMIES: Noche de las Artes, A Celebration of Arts Heroes. We will not only have incredible performers, food, drinks and presentations like last year, but we will also be highlighting the 2016-2017 Arts Heroes!”

Tickets: $30 to  $1000: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lumies-noche-de-las-artes-a-celebration-of-arts-heroes-tickets-36074427584

Photo Gallery of 2017 Tucson Japanese Festival

Tucson Japanese Festival (new name) was held on January 14, 2017 at PCC Downtown, 1255 N. Stone Ave. to celebrate the New Year.

For the 4th year, Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC) sponsored a New Year’s festival featuring numerous performances and once again, mochi pounding (from rice). Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers and Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson were festival co-sponsors.

Origami paper folding was taught and Go, fukuwarai and kendama games were played upstairs in the campus center building.  Also on display were ikebana flower arrangements, bonsai from the Tucson Bonsai Club, and calligraphy.   Photos below courtesy of freelance photographer James Tokishi, except for last 4 photos by M. Fumie Craig.

Odaiko Sonora doing the welcome at the New Year's festival

Odaiko Sonora doing the welcome at the Tucson Japanese New Year’s festival

Mochi (rice) pounding in stone usu and wooden kine

Mochi (rice) pounding in stone usu with wooden kine

Tucson Kendo Kai performing this skill

Tucson Kendo Kai ready to perform their skills

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“88: Hachi Hachi” taiko drumming performance at the Rogue Theater


88: Hachi Hachi with UNIT SOUZOU

Saturday January 30, 2016
Two performances 2:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Call The Rogue Theatre box office at 520-551-2053 or order from our Web store. The Rogue Theatre is located at 300 E. University Blvd. (between 4th and 5th Avenues).

“Tucsonans have the rare opportunity to see two of North America’s leading taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) performers in the intimate space of The Rogue Theatre. 88: Hachi Hachi is an intricate weaving of taiko, dance and theatre by Portland’s UNIT SOUZOU. Internationally recognized taiko performers Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe create a rhythmic journey investigating lineage, personal story and the space that exists between two people.

Odaiko Sonora is proud to once again partner with The Rogue Theatre to present taiko in a theatrical setting. Odaiko Sonora’s partnership with The Rogue Theatre began when Musical Director Paul Amiel borrowed a taiko in 2012 for The Rogue’s Journey to the West. The Rogue later commissioned Odaiko Sonora to score their 2013 production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, and Odaiko Sonora then presented a concert at the theatre in October, 2013.”

Carolyn’s note: The number 8 is “hachi” in Japanese, thus the name of this taiko troupe. More info about Odaiko Sonora at www.tucsontaiko.org.

Get tickets online at: http://www.theroguetheatre.org/store_tickets.htm

2016 Japanese New Year’s Mochitsuki celebration

 The Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC) invites the Tucson Community to the 3rd Annual Mochitsuki.
finalmochitsukiLearn about Japanese New Year’s rice pounding tradition on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Pima Community College Downtown campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave. at NW corner of Stone and Speedway. 11 AM to 3 PM.
$5 adults & children under 5 free. Attendees should use the westside parking lots.

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Photo gallery of 2nd Annual Japanese New Year’s Mochitsuki celebration

Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers welcoming in the New Year of the Sheep

Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers welcomed in the New Year of the Sheep

On January 10, 2015 the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC) sponsored their 2nd Annual mochi pounding celebration for the new Year of the Sheep.  Here are photos of that lively event, held at the Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, home of Odaiko Sonora (taiko drummers), 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. All photos except for the last one taken by freelance photographer James Tokishi.

Tracy, Nicole and Karen from Odaiko Sonora pounding mochi

Tracy, Karen and Nicole from Odaiko Sonora pounding mochi


Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers performing

Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers performing as mochi is being pounded

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