Our Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition’s 7th New Year’s mochi pounding festival was held on Saturday January 18, 2020 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. Thousands of people attended, and enjoyed the delicious food, matcha green ice cream, taiko drumming, traditional dancing, games, martial art demonstrations, tea ceremonies and more.
Photo gallery below. Most photos taken by M Fumie Craig, founder of Tucson Origami Club. One photo each by Shari L Huffaker, Jennifer Shioya, Teena Werley, Sharon Arceneaux, Brent VanKoevering; two by Angela Salmon/Desert Aloha LLC.
This was another successful SAJCC New Year’s celebration, for the Year of the Rat 2020. For the first time, volunteers were provided with green Year of the Rat t-shirts, in gratitude for their hard work.