Celebrate New Year at 2nd Annual Japanese Mochi pounding


SAJCC Mochi Celebration Flyer 2015-page-001

Join our Japanese community here in Tucson for a mochi (rice cake) pounding and tasting festival, with taiko drumming, songs by Yuki Ibuki (from Kyoto), raffle prizes, Japanese game playing (ayatori, fukuwarai, kendama, go/igo, and hanafuda – latter taught by yours truly), and origami folding. Admission only $5, with children 5 years and under free.

Location this year is at the home of Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers, at Rhythm Industry Performance Center, 1013 S. Tyndall Avenue (2 blocks north of E. 22nd Street), west of Park Avenue.

Sponsored by the Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition (of which I am the website editor, for almost 2 years ), www.southernazjapan.org.

More info about this mochituski on facebook: www.facebook.com/tucsonmochi

Happy New Year of the Sheep!

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Over 350 people at today’s event, maybe more if you count the 50 volunteers who all pulled together to make this New Year’s celebration a success – the mochi cooks, the musicians & dancers, the gaming teachers, origami folders, taiko drummers, etc. What an amazing way to spread Japanese culture in the desert. Kudos to Bryan Barnes for making the wooden usu (mortar) and two kine (pounding mallets) for this yearly celebration. Thanks to all you helped and participated today. Happy New Year.

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