Arizona Asian American Association
Holly Parsons, AAAA-AZ Secretary
PO Box 64864, Phoenix, AZ 85082
Content emphasis: culture
This organization holds an annual conference in the Phoenix area, usually in November.
Arizona Matsuri Festival
PO Box 35035, Phoenix, AZ 85069
Content emphasis: arts and crafts, culture, food, Japanese American experience, performing arts, religion, martial arts, US-Japan relations
Although providing no direct services to schools or classrooms, the Arizona Matsuri Festival is held annually during the academic year, and teachers and schools can take advantage of the program by assigning or suggesting that students visit the festival. The festival is held over a Saturday and Sunday, usually in February. It features booths with information on arts and crafts, history, and a range of culture topics. In addition, the festival features multiple performances, including Taiko drumming, Japanese dance, and martial arts. Appropriate for K-12 audiences and families.
Arizona State University Pacific American Studies (APAS)
Dr. Kathryn Nakagawa
480-965-7682 or 480-965-9199
School of Social Transformations
Wilson Hall Room 125
PO Box 876403, Tempe, AZ 85287-6403
Content emphasis: Japanese American experience
Lectures via school/classroom visits, appropriate for high school level students. Dr. Nakagawa is an expert on Japanese American internment; other faculty may be available to speak on other issues related to Japanese American history.
Honorary Consul General for Japan
Mr. Kelly Sims Moer, Honorary Consul General of Japan
Content emphasis: US-Japan relations, language
Mr. Moer offers a Saturday Japanese language school for elementary students. He may be available to visit classrooms to introduce language or present on US-Japan relations.
Japanese-American Citizens League (JACL)
Ms. Megan Gately
5415 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ 85031
Content emphasis: Arizona-Japan relations, culture, US-Japan relations
JACL offers Japanese cultural classes for adults and provides access to their library of historical reference materials. The latter may be useful to secondary students for school-related research projects.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
Ms. Reiko Yasui Reavis
602-256-3204 or 602-274-8700
1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Content emphasis: culture, gardens
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, generally open from 10-4 with some variations, offers varied programs appropriate for students in grades K-12. School tours, $4/person; individual tours, $5/person. Tea ceremony demonstrations can be arranged.
From October-May, Ro Ho En hosts free Artlink events on the first Friday of each month, open to the public, at the Garden. The Garden works with other Japanese cultural entities in Phoenix on special events in which tea, taiko, aikido, and dance groups demonstrate their art forms. Check Facebook or the website for announcement of special events.
Touch of Creation Cultural Events
Ms. Keiko Conn
Content emphasis: culture, arts and crafts, performing arts, sports and martial arts
Ms. Conn is available to visit K-12 classrooms and schools, providing a wide variety of performances and demonstrations to teach about different aspects of Japanese culture. She works to customize her programs for her audience. Many of her demonstrations are fee-based, but fees vary depending on the program. Contact Ms. Conn directly for details or to arrange a presentation.