Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers will be performing at 3:15 p.m.. Our Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition (of which I am the website Editor) will have a table. I’ll be teaching how to play a Japanese card game called hanafuda (flower cards). Please drop by to say hello & learn about our Japanese culture and listen to the speech contest.

This event is organized by the SAAJE:  Southern Arizona Assn. for Japanese Education, www.saaje.org. Previous contests have been held at various PCC campuses.

SAAJE, a nonprofit association, was founded to promote Japanese language and culture education in Southern Arizona.  Its membership includes professionals and nonprofessionals involved in the Japanese language, in traditional Japanese arts and crafts, and in historical and contemporary Japanese culture.

Additionally, the SAAJE website provides an integrated guide to language classes, cutural events, clubs and associations, and goods and services related to an interest in Japan.