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October 2014

We always have appreciated your support of the Japanese Friendship Garden.  Many of you have already purchased your tickets for our upcoming events!  This year's Otsukimi Event will have a softer, more relaxing feel and we have enjoyed every minute of putting together a very special evening for you.
We strongly encourage you to Buy Your Tickets Today!! Last year completely SOLD OUT!
Cultural Events
Friday, November 7
Otsukimi, or Moonviewing is a traditional Japanese celebration of the full moon.

This year's event has changed from prior years offering a more traditional Japanese experience. At this elegant Garden event, lit paths will greet our visitors while you enjoy the beauty of a full moon in the setting of an authentic Japanese Garden. The ambient sounds of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), gezheng (Chinese zither) and pipa (Chinese guitar) add to the beauty of this event.


Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance, space is limited.

(Tickets will not be available for purchase day of the event)


Date:    Friday, November 7, 2014

Time:    6pm - 8pm (gate opens at 5:30pm)

Tickets:$25 Members/$30 General

             $12 Youth (4-10)

             (Includes light food, drink ticket and dessert bar)

             3 and under free (does not include meal)


For an additional cost traditional tea will be offered in the Tea House and cash bar will be available.


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GAKU-MC Akali to Live Concert
Saturday, November 8

Recording artist GAKU-MC from Tokyo, Japan will perform live at the Garden to benefit and bring rays of hope to the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami survivors. 


This concert will be very entertaining, but it is primarily about love and hope. Hundreds of floating candles will grace our beautiful pond spreading your message of encouragement to the thousands in Japan who still suffer from the devastation.




Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm (gate opens at 7:00pm)

Tickets: $15 Members and Students (with ID)

              $20 General


Beverages will be available for purchase (No food or drinks from outside will be permitted)


Send a message of support!

You can write your message to the survivors in Japan on a candle holder for a $5 donation. The candle holders will be brought back to Japan by GAKU-MC, all proceeds will be donated to the project.


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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix presents: GAKU-MC akali to live
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix presents: GAKU-MC akali to live


Cultural Programs
Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop
Sunday, November 9

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.

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.

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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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