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Photo Gallery of 2019 Tucson Japanese Festival

Our Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition sponsored our 6th annual New Year’s Tucson Japanese Festival on Jan. 20, 2019 at the a new location, the lovely Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River  Rd. We seemed to have outgrown PCC Downtown where we hosted the 3rd, 4th and 5th festivals.

The highlight again was the mochi pounding (from rice), making and sampling.

This festival was a huge success with about 2000 people attending, and several dance/music performances, martial arts group demos, exhibitors (including Southern Arizona Koi Assn.), tea ceremonies, the art of kimono, children’s games (Go, kendama, fukuwarai), and of course, delicious Japanese food for sale and sample. As publicity chair, I was astounded at the # of attendees, considering that most information went out via FB or online, and not in print.

Photos below taken by M. Fumie Craig, founder of Tucson Origami Club and MC Louis Rivera, except for one by volunteer Teena Werley, which are all captioned.

Mochi display for New Year’s, courtesy M Fumie Craig

Volunteers serving mochi samples with kinako, courtesy M Fumie Craig

SAJCC Director Yuki Ibuki welcoming the audience, courtesy of Louis Rivera

koi on display by Southern Arizona Koi Association, courtesy of M  Fumie Craig

Tucson Japanese Language School display, courtesy M  Fumie Craig

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Free MLK Day showing of “I Am Not Your Negro” at Loft Cinema

Free Admission

I Am Not Your Negro

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 5:00PM | FREE ADMISSION at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on the work of James Baldwin, author of If Beale Street Could Talk

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. (Dir. by Raoul Peck, 2016, USA, 95 mins., Rated PG-13) 

Thanks to our community partner, Tucson Black Film Club!

This free screening courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.”

Tucson Japanese Festival 2019

If you don’t know what takoyaki balls (made from octopus) are, check out our 6th annual Tucson Japanese Festival, which was previously called the Tucson Mochitsuki for the mochi (rice) pounding event highlight. Our Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC) is still pounding & making mochi, but we feature other Japanese activities and performances as  well.  Here’s the flyer and schedule of events below.

NEW location — Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. (between Oracle and La Canada Drive) –no longer at PCC Downtown, where it was for past 3 years).


Enjoy the ramen and my favorite, spam musubi (very popular back home in Hawaii, where it is ubiquitous). It is cooked rice, covered by a wrapping of nori (seaweed) with fried spam inside.

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TUSD Superintendent Community Forum

“Join Dr. Gabriel Trujillo at the Superintendent Community Forum to talk about what’s happening in #TucsonUnified!  January 17, 6:30 to 8 pm

Dr. Gabriel Trujillo

The forum will be held in the Little Theater at Sabino High School, 5000 N. Bowes Rd. Tucson”

Carolyn’s Note:  We are still waiting here at BFAZ for our webmaster to migrate to a better website, where I  already have 35 plus additional events posted (beyond the ones posted here at this site on our Calendar). This event was one of them, but we’ve had to bypass a few already since Jan. 12.  Sorry to those who were relying on me and our image Calendar, but too busy to re-p0st all of them (double work) here on the front page.

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LD 10 Dems: New Year, New Board, New Representatives, New Goals

Jan. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall
4831 E. 22nd St. Tucson (east of Swan Rd.)
“Your new LD10 Board has been hard at work designing bold and innovative strategies to best reach the goals elected us to reach. Come to the January meeting and find out where you fit in, and how we all support our new (and returning) LD10 Legislators in accomplishing some of those goals at the State level. That includes signing up for the Arizona Legislature Request to Speak system so you can comment on pending legislation!”
Carolyn’s note:  LD 10 is represented in State Senate by incumbent David Bradley, and in the State House with incumbent Kirsten Engel and newcomer Domingo DeGrazia (both attorneys).

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