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Friday, 08 January 2016 11:22

Matsuri Haiku Poetry Expo 2016

The 32nd annual Arizona Matsuri's Japanese cultural festival is scheduled for the last weekend in February in downtown Phoenix and its 2nd annual Haiku Expo Poetry Contest submission deadline is approaching quickly. Entry is free and simple and each author can submit up to 3 original haiku poems by the deadline of February 17th, 2016.  

Entry Details:
To learn more and submit your entries, visit the Arizona Matsuri website where you will find all the details including a Haiku Expo 2016 reference guide, lesson plans, submission guidelines and the online entry form

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:10

Arizona Matsuri 2015: A Festival of Japan

Come celebrate The 31st Annual Festival of Japan 
February 21-22, 2015 10am-5pm
Heritage and Science Park 
Downtown Phoenix


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:54

Love is in the air... Love is Priceless


Love is Priceless... A Valentine’s Day Event

The Japanese Friendship Garden has been host to weddings, proposals, and vow renewals for over 10 years. We are and have been extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of these important events. In thanks, we have opened up our doors to 7 couples to be married in our garden on Valentines Day, at no charge.

Enjoy love.  Be a part of the magic.  Stroll the garden, sip champagne and enjoy each other.

This special event will include many volunteers from the community and arts programs in Phoenix. Our sponsors include: The City of Phoenix, The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Volunteer Minister Father William Price, AZ Photos Photography, and more. 

General admission is charged for those who would like to attend this event, enjoy Valentine’s Day, and beauty of the garden. Enjoy the Champagne bar and watch love happen in one of the most beautiful places and most desired wedding venues in central Phoenix. 

Voted “Best Place for a Day Date” by the Phoenix New Times 2014, this is the perfect location to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Be greeted by our volunteers in kimono, buy a rose for your loved one, sip champagne, stroll the beautiful garden to the tune of wedding music, watch as marital bliss appears before your eyes.

Love is in the air... Love is Priceless. 

Valentines Day at The Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect place to experience love. 

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 
1PM – 6PM 

Admission: Location: 

General Garden Admission $5.00 adults / $4.00 students with ID, military and seniors (+62) 

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix 1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003 602.274.8700 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:43

Events at the Japanese Friendship Garden


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The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites you to the 6th Annual Ikebana Exhibit, sponsored by The Sogetsu Ikebana Study Group.


Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated, and meditative. The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the west has extended to the Japanese way of flowers.

An exquisite display of Ikebana arrangements will be exhibited throughout the garden designed by Ikebana enthusiasts and talented artists.

Ikebana is the product of human's creativity and imagination using the natural beauty of many beautiful flowers, plants and raw materials.


Enjoy beautiful art creations that embellish the serenity of the strolling Japanese garden in the middle of downtown Phoenix.


Dates:  The 6th Annual Ikebana Exhibit

Thursday, January 29 -  Sunday, February 1, 2015    

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Thursday, January 29th:  Artists setting up Ikebana displays

This is a unique opportunity to see the process of Ikebana creation as the artists prepare their displays.


Saturday, January 31st: Opening Reception

Music and Meet the Ikebana Artists

1:00pm  - 3:00pm

Classical and Japanese Traditional music will be performed

by Trio Azul (Carol Brecker, flute; Jackie Jansen, violin; Janet Millard, cello)

Information on Ikebana displays will be available.   


Tickets:          General Garden Admission

                       $5.00 adults / $4.00 students with ID, military and seniors (+62)


Location:      Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003

602.274.8700 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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December 2014

The Japanese Friendship Garden is pleased to provide you with our unique programs and events for the Holiday Season to enjoy with your friends and family.

We have diverse programs to please everyone; from Mitzuhiki to decorate your holiday gifts, a Kadomatsu worksop to help you purify your home for the new year, December tea ceremony and Ikebana floral workshops!

You can also click the list under "Quick Links" on the left hand column to see all programs online.

Register Today!!
Mizuhiki Knotting Workshop
This Saturday, December 13, 2014

Instructor: Karen Elaine


Mizuhiki is a traditional art form that has transitioned effortlessly into modern Japan. Commonly used for ritualistic and decorative purposes on gifts, wrappings and envelopes, the art of mizuhiki remains very much alive. Join in the workshop for a crash course on how to create your own mizuhiki! Beginning with a short introduction to the history of this art form, Ms. Karen Elaine will follow up with a hands-on practical session where participants will learn the art of tying Japanese knots.

For more information about instructor and to see her creative work, please visit here!

Mizuhiki is beautiful on its own, but would also be a wonderful decoration which can add to your customized Kadomatsu in our Kadomatsu Workshop.

Kadomatsu Workshop
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Instructor: JFG Staff


A kadomatsu (門松, literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes. For the Japanese, this means purification rituals such as cleaning one's home and office, settling old debts, to bring blessings and welcoming ancestral spirits or "kami" of the harvest. The fundamental function of the New Year ceremonies is to honor and receive "toshigami" (deity), who will then bring a bountiful harvest for farmers and bestow the ancestors' blessing on everyone.
This workshop, includes a complete kit with pre-cut bamboo and all other materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction.
All materials are from the Garden. Enjoy making your own Kadomatsu for 2015 at the Japanese Friendship Garden!


All three sessions are exactly the same. 

Registration also available at the Gift Shop or call
(602) 274-8700



10:00 - 10:50am
11:00 - 11:50am
  1:00 -   1:50pm
Public Tea Ceremony
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Presented by: Tanko-Kai


Are you looking for something special that you can enjoy with your friends and family for the holidays?


A Japanese Tea Ceremony is an experience that they will never forget. Our next tea ceremony is December 20th! 


Starting with a guided tour of the main garden, you are led to a private tea garden and tea house where traditional Japanese tea is served to you and your guests by our tea practitioners dressed in full kimono.


A wonderful experience.

Time slots are booking FAST. Please call to make your reservations today. 602-274-8700

 More information, click here!


Tea ceremony gift certificates also available and will be purchased at Gift Shop.

For further information, click here!


December 20, 2014
Public Tea Schedule is as follows:
 9:30 am
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:30 am
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:45 pm
Ikebana Workshop 
continue to Next Year 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2014

Instructor: Ping Wei


Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated, and meditative. The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way of flowers. Ikebana emphasizes space and lines. It celebrates simplicity. You will learn and enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana as a traditional and innovative way of expressing yourself.

For more information on class and the instructor, please visit here!
Each session is unique and teaches you a different design element of Sogetsu Ikebana.



1:00 - 3:00pm
1:00 - 3:00pm
1:00 - 3:00pm

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Inc is a 501(c)3 organization in partnership with City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department; our Sister City is Himeji, Japan.

602-256-3204 or 602-274-8700 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:11

Through Each Others Eyes

from left are Paula West, Michiyo Fujimori, Hiroko Tokai, Janice Marshall, Alice Wells, Francie Rink, and Errol Zimmerman.


Michiyo Fujimori and Hiroko Tokai are members of the Himeji Soroptimist Club, and Alice Wells of Phoenix, an educator and chair of Soroptimist Clubs in Arizona, twice visited Michiyo in Japan.  This year Michiyo and Hiroko traveled to Phoenix to participate in a Soroptimist fundraiser February 23, and during their Phoenix stay they visited the Through Each Others Eyes anniversary exhibit at Phoenix City Hall.

Michiyo is a photographer and married to Hisayoshi Fujimori, a member of the Himeji International Photographic Society which has worked with the photographers of Through Each Others Eyes™ for the past 25 years.  When Janice Marshall and Francie Rink traveled to Himeji in 1994 with a TEOE delegation, they were hosted on many activities by Michiyo and her husband.

Errol Zimmerman is the president of Through Each Others Eyes™ and has visited Himeji more than 20 times.


Through Each Others Eyes™ held its first exhibit February 22, 1988, as an art exchange with Phoenix’ sister city of Himeji, Japan. Since that time the photographers of Through Each Others Eyes™ have sponsored 38 photographic exchanges with photographers, not only in Japan, but in Mexico, Cuba, Canada, China, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

Exhibits of photographs are held in Arizona and the cities abroad, and more than two million people worldwide have attended TEOE exhibits.



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Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

Arizona Matsuri 2014: A Festival of Japan

The Arizona Matsuri celebrated a successful 30th year anniversary this past weekend! 



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Saturday, 16 March 2013 15:31

2012 Matsuri Festival

Matsuri Festival


 The Phoenix Sister Cities Himeji Committee manned the soda and water booth at Matsuri.


There were spectacular demonstrations of how to make Mochi/Omochi, which was the theme of the festival.


 Many festival-goers enjoyed the freshly made mochi.


 Many people participated in Cosplay at Matsuri.


 The festival featured many Taiko drum performances by organizations such as All Arizona Taiko Team, Phoenix Taiko Kai, Saboten Taiko, Shojin Taiko, and many others.


The festival also featured many martial arts demonstrations from organizations such as Ryushinkan Dojo, Kinshin Dojo, and many others.


Many people came to participate in the traditional Matsuri parade.


from left to right: Kelly Moeur, Honorable Consul General of Japan; Paula West, Executive Director of Phoenix Sister Cities; Consul General Jun Niimi, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles;  Masako Takiguchi; David Cavazos, City Manager of Phoenix


Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos and Consul General Jun Niimi, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, exchange gifts as a sign of the good relations between Phoenix and Himeji.

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