January 6, 2016

Finally- A couple Photos from the All Souls Procession November 2015

One the sun, one in the shade- just before I went out. My make-up is minimal, as I like it. The photo around my neck is of Lula, our dear kitty we lost in June; now I can carry her with me in the Procession. I created a special paper packet of some of her ashes, catnip, rosemary (for remembrance), and some sacred earth from the shrine at Chimayo, NM to place in the urn. 
I'm wearing tennis shoes since I have to walk and stand for several hours- it's entirely worth it. No turning back until after the burning of the urn! 

For more information about the unique Tucson All Souls Procession, click here. 
Here are some videos about Procession, including the history of the event, courtesy of AllSoulsprocession.org. ]

January 3, 2016

2016 Tucson Mochitsuki- January 9, 2016

Celebrate Japanese New Year’s at 2016 Tucson Mochitsuki

The Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition invites the
 Tucson Community to the 3rd Annual Mochitsuki. 
Learn about Japanese New Year’s rice pounding tradition
on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Pima Community 
College Downtown campus,
1255 N. Stone Ave. at NW corner of Stone and Speedway. 
11 AM to 3 PM. $5 adults & children under 5 free. 
Attendees should use the west-side parking lots.

The purpose is to bring together persons interested in Japanese
 culture and to encourage the community-building spirit of 
making mochi (rice cakes) as a celebration of the New Year.
There will be taiko drum performances by Odaiko Sonora, 
mochi rice pounding demonstrations,  games & prizes, 
free mochi samples, along with other Japanese cultural activities 
such as Anime, calligraphy, martial arts, kyudo (archery), 
singing, authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony, ikebana,and 
exhibitions from several Pima CC student groups.
Please come and join us for a fun day. 

For further details, see SAJCC website www.southernazjapan.org and Tucson
 Mochitsuki Facebook page,www.facebook.com/tucsonmochi/.  
Phone contact: 520-744 -7250, email wayne@southernazjapan.org. 
 This event is also sponsored by Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson