Upcoming Events

Bonsai, Pottery & Ikenobo Ikebana Exhibit 

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee includes General admission


Sponsored by
Scottsdale Bonsai Society, Phoenix Bonsai Society and Nakama Bonsai Kai

Pottery Artists:
Stephen Bunyard, Halldor Hjalmarson, Ping Wei, Victor Contreras, Linda Cares, Michael Prepsky and Tomoko Shoji

AZ Ikenobo Ikebana Exhibit: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 



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.

There will be a "Bonsai Raffle" and we will be raffling off 4 beautiful Bonsai!


Raffle tickets will be on sale for $20 each and there are only 50 raffle tickets available for each Bonsai. Get yours before they all go!

As part of winning your very own Bonsai we will include educational support on how to care for your Bonsai straight from an expert.


Drawing will be during our First Friday Holiday Jazz & Wine event on December 1.


The word “Bonsai” is a Japanese term, which translated as “planted in a container.”

This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years.


This year we will be joining our Bonsai exhibit with another piece of Japanese artistry, pottery and Ikenobo (traditional flower arrangement) display.


Not only will beautiful and authentic Arts be displayed by enthusiasts and talented artists, visitors will also learn about the philosophy of Bonsai, Pottery and Ikenobo Ikebana 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.

  • Bonsai Hands-on presentation: 10:00 a.m.  by Nakama Kai

  • PotteryDemonstration: 11:00- noon by Steve Bunyard

  • Bonsai Demonstration: 1:00 – 2:00pm  by Scottsdale Bonsai Society

This is a unique opportunity to see the process of beautiful creation.



General Garden Admission

$7.00 adults

$6:00 military and seniors

$5.00 students with ID


Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003


602.274.8700 / info@jfgphx.org

Bonsai displays

Phoenix Bonsai Society: www.phoenixbonsai.com

Scottsdale Bonsai Society: http://scottsdalebonsai.weebly.com

Nakama Kai: http://scottsdalebonsai.weebly.com

Pottery Artists



  • Linda Cares


  • Michael Prepsky


  • Tomoko Shoji

Supported by
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Stephen Bunyard

He has introduced his love of drawing to his ceramics by including original drawings made in an iron oxide wash, much like watercolor, which is then high fired resulting in a final homogenous piece. These specialty pieces are often presented with a traditional Japanese wooden box for storage. Stephen draws inspiration from natural landscapes, man-made landscapes such as Japanese gardens, images of deep space, mythology, and the study of other cultures

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