Sun, Nov 21 | Japanese Friendship Garden

Bonsai and Pottery Exhibit 2021

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites you to our Annual Bonsai & Pottery Exhibit sponsored by the Phoenix Bonsai Society and local Arizona pottery artists.
Bonsai and Pottery Exhibit 2021

Time & Location

Nov 21, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA

About the Event


The word "Bonsai" is a Japanese term, which translates to "planted in a container” and is the horticultural practice of placing trees in pots and keeping them miniature through special techniques. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice of Pen Sai, which was imported to Japan where it was further developed and refined by the wealthy classes and Buddhist monks into the wabi sabi art form that we know today.

The Japanese cultivation of bonsai have had many stages of development that spans well over a thousand years. The first evidence comes from a picture scroll named the by Takashina Takakane from 1309. Around the same time Yoshido Kenko, a famous satirist stated: “To appreciate and find beauty in curiously potted trees is to find love in deformity.” These interestingly shaped trees are now cultivated for contemplation, admiration and as a method of enjoying living art.

This year our bonsai exhibit will be paired with another piece of Japanese artistry, pottery. Pottery artists from around the Valley will display their greatest works and offer many of them for purchase at the exhibit.

Guests will not only view beautiful and authentic Japanese art forms by bonsai enthusiasts and talented potters, but visitors will also learn about the philosophy of bonsai and various styles of Japanese pottery.

Join our "Bonsai Raffle" at the exhibit as well where we will be raffling off beautiful bonsai donated to the event! Raffle tickets will be on sale for $20 each, limited tickets available for each bonsai. As part of winning your very own Bonsai we will include educational support on how to care for your Bonsai straight from an expert. Get yours before they all go!

Enjoy beautiful Japanese arts that embellish the serenity of our Japanese Garden in the middle of downtown Phoenix through this exhibit.


The Phoenix Bonsai Society  -

Bonsai Raffle Donation by Ardie and Michael Apostolos


Ping Wei

Steve Bunyard L

Halldor Hjalmarson :

Michael Prepsky

Taisei Obata

Norio Tsuchiya


Sunday, November 21

9 am - 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm)


General $15

Seniors/Students/Military (with valid ID): $13

Member $5


Max 150 people per time-slotted ticket. Slots available every one hour. Masks are recommended. There will be no demonstrations or group tours. Bar drinks will be available. Gate tickets also available only if we have enough capacity. Pre-sale tickets are recommended!! We appreciate your understanding. Thank you.




We will not have food vendors. Prepackaged Japanese snacks and bottled Japanese drinks will be available through our gift shop. The gift shop will be open - limited to 6 people at a time/or a family. Exhibits will be adequately spaced for social distancing. Social distancing will be practiced at the ticket gate line, snack and drink line, and at and around our exhibits.

Regular operational Covid19 guidelines will be in place as well. Please take a look at our Covid19 guidelines here:

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