Time for Tucson Meet Yourself


It’s that time again for the huge, annual folklife festival downtown at Jacome Plaza and at El Presidio Park.

All TMY program info about this upcoming festival (Friday to Sunday, October 9 to 11) is online here: http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/150924_TMYProgram_FINAL_SM.pdf

As a Sansei (3rd generation Japanese American) I promote Japanese cultural activities at our website, www.southernazjapan.org (where I am Editor).  Taiko drummers, kyudo – Japanese archery, and traditional dance will be performing this year at TMY, as well as demos of origami and calligraphy at the folks arts area.

Traditional Japanese dance instructor Mari Kaneta and her dance troupe are featured this year at TMY.  Mari is pictured 2nd from right in the photo below:


They will be performing on Sunday at the Church Street Stage from 2 to 3 p.m.

New this year: Japanese food booth serving takoyaki and ramen.  Be on the lookout for delicious Japanese food in Jacome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone (NW corner of Stone Ave. x Pennington St.).

Enjoy another year of Tucson Meet Yourself.

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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. Day 1 of TMY: Listened to Kyklo play on the city hall stage — Mediterranean music from Greece, Turkey, Spain, even Egypt — performed on flutes, violin and bouzouki. Some lively, some soothing, but all well received. Then walked over to Jacome Plaza for takoyaki octopus balls (new Japanese food booth) and listened to the Bouncing Czechs on the Global Rhythms stage. So much more to do, see and eat today — festival goes to Sunday 6 p.m.

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