Updated Jan 13, 2015 (Pretend you didn't miss a thing! Go to our News & Perf page archive.)

We rang in the New Year on Jan. 10 by hosting the Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition's 2nd Annual Tucson Mochitsuki at our studio.

Following Japanese tradition, we pounded rice into mochi, and served it up to a crowd of over 300 people. Odaiko Sonora joined musical guests Yuki Ibuki, Okiraku, and representatives from UA Kyudo and Tucson's Con-Nichwa anime convention. Over 400 people enjoyed games, music and informative talks and demonstrations during the event. It was a total success, highlighted by the gorgeous usu and kine built for SAJCC by Bryan Barnes.

Our winter All Ages Recreational Class starts this coming weekend, Jan. 17! Register below via Paypal, or email info@tucsontaiko.org for more information. Try taiko on for size this year. You first class is free!


Fun and games at the 2nd Annual Tucson
Mochitsuki sponsored by theSouthern AZ
Japanese Cultural Coaltion at our studio.

collage of images from the 2nd Annual Tucson Mochitsuki

Upcoming Events

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All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART). The next 5-week session begins Jan. 17. It runs through Feb. 14. See a list of weekly classes and rehearsals, all of which are open for observation.

  2/21 &

Heritage Square, Phoenix The 31st Arizona Matsuri. A must see for those interested in things Japanese! Odaiko Sonora's 9th year performing. Don your yukata, grab your higasa, and join us for two days of fun! Free!  


  The following are tentative dates:  


  Opening Minds Through the Arts end of year Showcase  


  Children's Day at Yume Japanese Gardens  


Odaiko Sonora is a 501(c)3 arts education agency supported in part by your tax dollars, granted through Arizona Commission on the Arts (with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts) and the Tucson Pima Arts Council (with funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County). Partial funding also comes from individiuals and corporations through the Ralph L. Smith Foundation, Target, Toyota and Friends of Odaiko Sonora. Thank you for making us possible!

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