Upcoming Events

Bonsai & Pottery Exhibit 


Saturday, November 12th, 2016

 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 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.


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, Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand-shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln 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.

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

  • Raku Demonstration: 11:00- noon by Jon Higuchi

  • Bonsai Demonstration: 1:30 – 2:30pm  by Scottsdale Bonsai Society

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



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 / info@jfgphx.org


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Bonsai displays

Phoenix Bonsai Society: www.phoenixbonsai.com

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

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

Pottery Artists

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Kimberly Harris

KIm is a multi-media artist. She is a watercolorist, architect and sculptor. Clay is her favorite sculpture medium. She have created sculptural work in clay on and off over the past 15 to 20 years.

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