Sat, Oct 30 | Japanese Friendship Garden

Fresh Matcha Grinding with Master Saida

Famous fifth generation stone carver and artist, Takaaki Saida, is joining us all the way from Kyoto, Japan for this exclusive workshop about all forms of Japanese stone craftsmanship and fresh matcha milling!
Fresh Matcha Grinding with Master Saida

Time & Location

Oct 30, 9:00 AM
Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA

About the Event

Famous fifth generation stone carver and artist, Takaaki Saida, is joining us all the way from Kyoto, Japan. The art of stone grinding tea was first brought over to Japan in the 12th century. Green tea leaves were ground into a fine powder, added to a bowl with hot water and whisked into a frothy cup of matcha.

This workshop is your chance to learn in depth about all forms of Japanese stone craftsmanship while touring the Garden. This tour will include introductions on the hand chiseled stone lanterns, water basins and bridges often seen in Japanese Gardens as well as hand shaped stone mills used for matcha making. In the tea Garden, Master Saida will demonstrate and introduce his hand hewn stone tea mill. Participants will have a chance to try using the stone mill on their own and grinding green tea leaves into extremely fine matcha powder. Guests will use the resulting fresh matcha to drink a cup of tea as well as eat a traditional Japanese sweet while enjoying the tea garden views.

This workshop is limited, only 20 seats available.

Workshop Schedule: (Total 100 min)

Introduction from Master Saida on the ancient art of stone carving in Japan.

Strolling with a tour to discover and learn about stone crafts & sculptures in our Garden and in Japan

Experience Matcha (green tea) ground by Master Saida’s stone mill in the Tea Garden with a fresh cup of hand milled matcha and Japanese tea sweets

Q&A session with Master Saida


Saturday, October 30th 9 -11 am

Check-in time at Gift Shop: 8:50 am

The workshop will begin at: 9:00 am

Your prompt arrival will ensure a more pleasurable experience not only for yourself but for the other participants as well.


General $50 / Member $45 (per class), includes lecture, tour, milling lesson, Tea hand ground by Master Saida's Japanese Stone Mill, tea sweet and Garden Admission for the day


About Mr. Takaaki Saida - The 5th Generation Stone Carver from Kyoto

Master Saida is the fifth-generation stone carver at Saida Stone Shop which has been engaged in stone processing and sculpture in Kameoka, Kyoto since its establishment in 1902. He uses a variety of traditional techniques unique to Kyoto that give his work a weathered feel. His stone art has been exhibited and demonstrated with stone lanterns in the U.S. and Italy where they were well received. He is actively expanding across cultures and borders to share the tradition and art of Japanese stone craftsmen.


● Stay home if you are sick or running fever

● 20 Maximum per class

● Protect yourself while visiting the garden.

● Stay at least 6 feet away from others in the class

● Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth

● Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer after using the restrooms.

● Facial cover recommended

● Attendance at and use of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix and its facilities is at the sole risk of the attendee/participant and the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix shall not be responsible for any injury, sickness or harm experienced by an attendee/participant from or related to such use, and by its use, the attendee/participant assumes such risk.


Cancellation & Refund Policies

All classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be subject to cancellation at the Garden's discretion. The Garden will contact registered participants in classes affected by cancellations and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class. Participants who withdraw at least ten business days prior to the scheduled workshop/class start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A “business day” is defined as M-F.)

Refunds will not be given to workshop/class participants who withdraw after the class has been held.

Missed Classes

Workshop/class participants who do not show up to the workshop/class without notification before the scheduled workshop/program must forfeit their payment and reservation

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