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At The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Inc. (RoHoEn) opened to the public in 2002 as a joint project between the City of Phoenix and its sister city Himeji, Japan. The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events that continue to deepen relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan.
In our offices:
The Japanese Friendship Garden offices, adjacent to the Garden on the 2nd floor of Winship House, are where our staff spend their time planning, creating and communicating the mission of RoHoEn together. Want to promote Japanese art, culture and the Phoenix-Himeji sister city relationship with us? Look below for open positions!
*When positions are open they will be posted below, however we accept applications at anytime. Please send us your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to enquire about employment with us but do not see an open position.
In the Garden:
The Japanese Friendship Garden is supported by a multitude of roles from our artistic gardeners to our friendly gift shop staff to our energetic event and rental staff. They each uniquely make the mission of JFG possible and are appreciated for their contribution when working for JFG. Want to join our team and promote Japanese culture with us? Look below for open positions.
*When positions are open they will be posted below, however we accept applications at anytime. Please send us your resume and cover letter to if you would like to enquire about employment.
There are opportunities to intern (non-paid) with the Japanese Friendship Garden in our administrative and horticultural departments. Please contact our volunteer coordinator here to inquire about availability!
Here are a few of the ways JFG is dedicated to giving back to our greatly appreciated team members.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT JFG?
WHAT OUR TEAM SAYS:
That it was built by the strong bond between sister cities - Himeji & Phoenix, with so much effort made by people from Japan & Arizona for years. Because of that, it has come to be the hidden Jewel of Phoenix that provides peace & harmony for the community to relax and meditate in.
The harmony of the stones, water, plants, spaces, buildings, handiwork , etc., without any prominence, brings out the beauty of the whole and the beauty of each.
My favorite thing about JFG is that I get to work in our tranquil, authentic Japanese garden every day to remind me of my home country. Being able to share the history of RoHoEn and the Japanese culture with visitors, volunteers, and the community gives me joy and gratitude. I feel very fortunate to work for JFG - the best job I've ever had in my life.
The JFG is a secret hideaway in the heart of downtown Phoenix. It’s the perfect tranquil setting within the hustle and bustle of city life where you can rest, relax and take in all that a traditional Japanese garden offers.
The oppurtunity to see authentic, Japanese art and culture richly shared with the people of Arizona. The beautiful Japanese aesthetics of wabi sabi, mono no awari, yugen and others are made concrete and visible through the shapes, textures and intricately planned design of this traditional stroll Garden. There is nothing more relaxing and enjoyble in Phoenix than spending time at RoHoEn and working here is a real passion project for me!
The understanding and consideration we all give each other- it’s hard work but we are omotenashi —- yes I Adjectived it! I think it’s because we all love and are proud of the Garden and the Garden in turn gives us good energy.
My favorite thing is the small bridge at the back of the Garden next to the tea house. If you stand in just the right spot you can see all the small details of the little waterfall on the left hand side surrounded by the green of the garden. Every time it's overcast or raining I take a deep breath and take a slow wander around the Garden as it reminds me so much of my childhood...People love the biggest things and the awesome attractions, but it's the little things for me.
To be a part of something that offers its community so many benefits.