Mini Library
Mini Library

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Studying Japanese alphabets
Studying Japanese alphabets

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chopsticks and carrying case
chopsticks and carrying case

They are available @Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery now!

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Mini Library
Mini Library

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volunteers wanted

We are looking for people to join us to give our children wonderful experiences at Tucson Japanese Language School as a teacher, an assistant, or a volunteer. No experience is required. However, you need to be able to communicate only in Japanese when you are in the classrooms. If you are interested in early education or just love working with children, this is a perfect opportunity for you!Please see the detail discription from here

Support us in 4 ways

1 : Be a Sponsor

Your generosity will help us continue to provide valuable opportunities for the Tucson community to experience not only the Japanese language but also Japanese culture as a way to expand the language ability. You can help us from as little as $20. Your contribution will ensure our students to learn in the excellent learning environment and help us to provide this opportunity to Japanese language program for our community.  Please see here for more information and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

2: Donations

We gladly accept any type of donation, including office products, stationery products and books. The most wanted items are Japanese books, dictionaries, or educational material such as Origami, Karuta, etc... If you would like to donate anything else, please contact us! We appreciate your generous contributions!!

Right now we are looking for carry-on size suitcases and a Windows OS laptop for our Mini Library. Please consider donating if you have unwanted items of those.

3: Purchase air tickets

Choose Amnet when you purchase your airline tickets to or from Japan. At the time of your reservation, just inform an Amnet agent that you are an affiliate of Tucson Japanese Language School and that you would like to use the Amnet Assist Program. Your reservation must be made over the phone.



We are partnering with HIS Las vegas branch. If you purchase airline tickets, persentage will be donated to our school. Let them know you are affiliated with Tucson Japanese School. You get cheap tickets, we get money and they get money and everyone will be happy!!!


4: Support Japanese school 

@Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery


As a part of our fundraising, Tucson Japanese Language School sells handmade chopsticks and chopstick-carrying cases. Our chopsticks are handmade by local artisan Jabra Robles. He carved and sanded each pair, crafting high-quality upcycled wood into beautiful chopsticks finished with all-natural bees wax and mineral oil without using harsh chemicals. There are available in cherries, walnuts and hard maple. Chopsticks carrying cases are handmade by volunteer parents of the school. A new design always comes in traditional and contemporary design, and you may not see the same design ever again. This reusable chopsticks and fashionable carrying case fits easily in your purse. Your habit of using disposable chopsticks and utensils can gradually be phased out using our product “My HASHI”. It’s a lifestyle change but every little effort counts towards reducing waste and harm to the earth. The Proceeds go to the Tucson Japanese Language School to support its students learn and grow. Come by Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery, and eat local, shop local and support your local businesses today!


August 22, 2022

2021 Annual Report &                      2022 Sponsorship Opportunity! 

     We would like to thank our sponsors, Takoyaki Balls, Restaraunt Ikkyu, and many individual sponsors for supporting the Tucson Japanese Language School Year of 2021. The success of our school to support students' learning is dependent upon the financial and product support of organizations and private sponsors. We were fortunate to have generous support from you in past years and we are hopeful that this year will be no exception.

     We are happy to share with you the 2021-2022 Annual Report which you can learn about our commitment to offering quality programs for everyone in our community, as well as a financial snapshot of our operations.

     We also invite you to become one of our 2022 sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Tucson Japanese Language School, please see HERE for more details, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

July 31, 2022

2022-2023 School Year Begins!

We are kicking off our new school year in person again with precautions to protect everyone from COVID-19. We strongly recommend wearing a face mask indoors at our school. The first day of school is this Saturday, August 6th. Many new students signed up as we are opening Japanese division class for adult learners this year. We are excited to see new students, and all returning students and their families. As of today, we have waiting lists for all the classes. If you are thinking to enroll, please contact us today to put you on the waiting lists.  

JUNE 15, 2022

TJLS is featured in Pima Library Blog

May 2022 was AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Heritage Month and you probably noticed that there are several events, publicities, articles to elevate communities' voices and celebrate their culture in Tucson area.  As part of AAPI Heritage Month, Flowingwell librarian, Paige C. has been featuring AAPI in Pima county in Pima Library Blog. She also visited our school and interviewed our director Hitomi McKnight. Check it out her blog post from HERE

May 21, 2022

2021 School Year Wrap Up!!!

In the lieu of "End of year Showcase", we held "Japanese Culture Day" to wrap up our school year last Saturday. Mr. Nakajima of JOI visited us from Phoenix and provided Water balloon yo-yos and bouncy ball catch for our students. We had fun Watermelon wracking and enjoyed shaved ice by Tropical Shavings at the end of the event.

We cannot thank enough our volunteers who helped and supported us this school year. We couldn't have done it without you, volunteers! Thank you so much!!!

We will continue to commit to our community! Please send us any comments to help us to improve our school program. If you are interested in being part of our team, contact us anytime via email at

January 29, 2022

Japanese School holds Kanken

In view of the Covid pandemic, the Kanji Kentei was held amid strict precautions for 15 examinees in person in January. They have studied very hard till this day. We are glad we were able to conduct it in the midst of the pandemic. We should be getting the result back in several weeks. By the way, this Kanken is open to the public. If you are studying Kanji as a hobby, this exam is a great way to challenge yourself. Please contact us if you are interested in taking the test next year. We will be happy to give you advice on how to prepare for it.