Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Japanese Friendship Garden of Arizona

 Become a member of the Japanese Frienship Garden to support one of the most exquisite sites in the state. Membership provides you with opportunities to make new friends through exciting activities and cultural programs, but most of all, to experience serenity in the Japanese Friendship Garden. 


All membership levels include:

  • Unlimited Admission during hours of operation (for card-holding members only)

  • Garden Newsletter (Tobi Ishi)

  • Invitations to special programs

  • 10% JFG Gift Shop discount (excludes event tickets)

  • Membership discount to workshops and Special Events


For more information, click here.



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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:29

Phoenix Sister Cities 5k



When: Saturday, April 15

Time: Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m.

Where: 5802 E. Indian School Road. Phoenix, AZ

To register: Click here

If you have any questions, please call: 602.534.3751

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Friday, 20 January 2017 16:03

Matsuri Festival of Japan 2017

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Phoenix Sister Cities Himeji Committee invites you to Matsuri 2017 - the 33rd annual festival of Japan.


When: Feb. 25-26, 2017

Where: Heritage & Science Park

115 North 6th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85004

For more information, click here.



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Himeji delegation date change


Join Councilman Daniel Valenzuela in a delegation to celebrate 40 years of Friendship!


Download the itinerary and registration form and mail it in to: Phoenix Sister Cities, 200 West Washington St. 20th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003

For further information, call Rick Gerrard at (602) 495-5918 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:25

Lights of the World Festival

Lights of the World 2016 will be launching November 18, 2016 and take place at Rawhide Western Town at Wild Horse Pass until January 28, 2017. Lights of the World, is a unique international lantern arts festival that combines the age-old Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern cutting-edge technology and lights.

This Festival offers exciting fundraising opportunities for the Phoenix Sister Cities Committees. One dollar of every ticket sold through the coupon codes below will be donated to the corresponding committee. Please support the committee of your choice by using the discount codes below when purchasing tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://lightsoftheworldus.com/buy-ticket/

Coupons assigned to each Committee are as follows:

PSC01: Phoenix Sister Cities (overall program)
PSC02: Calgary Canada Committee
PSC03: Catania, Italy Committee
PSC04: Chengdu, China Committee
PSC05: Ennis, Ireland Committee
PSC06: Grenoble, France Committee
PSC07: Hermosillo, Mexico Committee
PSC08: Himeji, Japan Committee
PSC09: Prague, Czech Republic Committee
PSC10: Ramat-Gan, Israel Committee
PSC11: Taipei, Taiwan Committee
PSC12: Disabilities Awareness Committee

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 11:37

Bonsai & Raku Pottery Exhibit

Phoenix Sister Cities Himeji Commitee invites you to:
Bonsai & Raku Pottery Exhibit Celebration
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites residents to its Second Annual Bonsai Exhibit sponsored by Scottsdale Bonsai Society, Phoenix Bonsai Society and Nakama Bonsai Kai.
This year we will be joining our Bonsai exhibit with another piece of Japanese artistry, Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of  tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand-shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead ; and the removal of pieces from the  while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process,
Not only will beautiful and authentic Arts be displayed by enthusiasts and talented artists, visitors will also learn about the philosophy of Bonsai and Raku and their cultural background, history, making process, how to create, and much more.
Enjoy beautiful Bonsai and Raku arts that embellish the serenity of the strolling Japanese garden in the middle of downtown Phoenix.
Dates: November 12, 2016  
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. 1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Tickets: General Garden Admission $5.00 adults / $4.00 students with ID, military and seniors (+62)
Bonsai Hands-on presentation: 10:00 a.m.  by Nakama Kai
Raku Demonstration: 11:00 a.m. - noon by Jon Higuchi           
Bonsai Demonstration: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. by Scottsdale Bonsai Society
This is a unique opportunity to see the process of beautiful creation.
For more information, please click here!
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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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