First Friday

Please join us after hours every First Friday of the month when the garden.  The hours will depend on time of year so please always check our event page here and on Facebook for accurate times. The Japanese Friendship Garden will offer live music, performances and much more! Our Japanese Bar offering Happy Hour prices will always be going and our lovely gift shop will be open! 

Free parking and a Free admission! (Donations Welcome!!)  

PAST EVENTS

***THE GARDEN WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR FIRST FRIDAY APRIL 2017

June 2, 2017

Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Please join us for our First Friday Event on the first Friday of every month when the garden is open after hours. First Friday runs from 4:00pm until 6:00 pm. Drinks will be sold and the gift shop will be open! 
​Free parking and a Free admission! (Donations Welcome!!) 

We will have Tai-chi FREE demonstration on our First Friday. 
Experience Tai Chi which is an ancient Chinese healing art, Tai Chi works on body and mind harmony. Tai Chi emphasizes body alignment, improves balance, calms mind, reduces stress.

The following classes will follow if you are interested in leaning about Tai Chi!!

Date: Jan. 8, 15, 22, Feb. 5, 12, 19, from 9 to 10am.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Fee: General $20/Member $15 ( Garden Admission included )
To register, please click the following link
http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/class-registration-1

Instructor: Ping Wei
​Meridians are the main concern in Asian healing/therapy. If meridians are blocked, the energy flow is impeded. The results are manifested as pain. Tui Na is the most holistic way for healing, while Tai Chi promotes self-healing.

 

May 6, 2017

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Come see us this Friday evening!

Japanese Bar, Music and dance performances as well as a live demo of our upcoming Nature Therapy program. 

The Glendale Community College Percussion Ensemble, Glendale Community College Verve Dance Company and special guests will present performances of John Cage’s composition "Branches."

Performances will be 4:45, 5:10 and 5:35 with ambient percussion interludes in between. 
Also join us for a live demo of our very special new program "Way of Stroll" Self directed Nature Therapy Garden Strolls and guided meditation. 
You may request more information at ZEN@StrollPHX.com

February 3, 2017

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Instructor: Ken Koshio - Matsuri Committee 

Experience Awa Odori
Instructor: Ken Koshio, Matsuri Committee

Friday, February 3 (First Friday) 
4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m,
4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Awa Odori)
Free admission
Drinks are available to purchase!

Organized by Ken Koshio, practice will begin for this exciting part of Matsuri! All ages. Welcome to join in on the dancing fun! Everyone is also welcome to participate the Matsuri Parade!!!
https://www.facebook.com/azmatsuri

The Arizona Matsuri is an annual festival which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage, traditional and modern. The two-day event held at Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix features the sights and sounds of Japan, art, crafts, music, dance and much more. The family friendly Matsuri is free to all. Japanese food and goods from over 60 vendors are available for purchase and the beer and sake garden is a great place to relax. The Arizona Matsuri was first held in 1984 and will be celebrating its 33nd anniversary in 2017.

January 6th, 2017

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Demonstration by Ping Wei – Tai Chi instructor

We will have Tai-chi FREE demonstration on our First Friday. 
Experience Tai Chi which is an ancient Chinese healing art, Tai Chi works on body and mind harmony. Tai Chi emphasizes body alignment, improves balance, calms the mind, reduces stress.

The following classes will follow if you are interested in learning about Tai Chi!!

Date: Jan. 8, 15, 22, Feb. 5, 12, 19, from 9 to 10am.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Fee: General $30/Member $25 ( Garden Admission included )

REGISTER HERE!

Instructor: Ping Wei
​Meridians are the main concern in Asian healing/therapy. If meridians are blocked, the energy flow is impeded. The results are manifested as pain. Tui Na is the most holistic way for healing, while Tai Chi promotes self-healing.
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Ping Wei studied Tui Na in China before he moved to US in 1992. He also studied western massage modalities. Tui Na differs from Swedish massage or other type massages, for its intrinsic energy and movements. In western words, he uses "stretching" and finger/palm/elbow pressing to promote energy flow, to gain better results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2nd, 2016

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Performance by Yūjin Soku-Shin – Shakuhachi player


Since 1982, Yujin has been studying Autogenic Training, Yoga, Martial Arts, Qigong, Taoism, and since 2003 – Japanese Shakuhachi flute and Zen music meditation tradition. He enjoys Native American flute, Didgeridoo, Armenian Duduk and several other woodwind and percussion instruments.

Yujin has been regularly studying with Mary Lu Brandwein (2003-2006) and Masakazu Yoshizawa (2006-2007). Since 2007, he has been mostly studying with Bill Schozan Schultz and Kaoru Kakizakai.

Yujin has been given a stage name Soku Shin by his teacher, in the tradition of the “Taizan Ha” lineage. While emphasizing the solo Zen music, Yujin is enjoying collaboration with other musicians in ethnic fusion and relaxation genres.   

Yujin is a founder of “Ancient Sounds of Peace” non-profit project dedicated to

to promoting peace and harmony through the power of music and sounds.

More performers to come!

November 4th, 2016

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Performance by the Arizona School for the Arts 

Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) has established itself as on of the most distinctive and high achieving schools in the state of Arizona.  We foster a collaborative and progressive environment for faculty and students with foundations firmly rooted in the idea that the past creates the future and that the arts are integral to our humanity.  By engaging in study and discourse of the past while embracing current research and future trends, students acquire the skills and attitudes needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world.  Our culture of acceptance allows students the opportunity for intellectual exploration and creative expression through which they build confidence, self-discipline and adaptability. 

 

ASA’s award winning experience includes a minimum of two hours of daily artistic study. Teaching artists have formal training and advanced degrees while also maintaining their own professional practice. Beginning in middle school, all students learn the fundamentals of music theory and technique through piano and vocal instruction and one additional art form:  instrumental, theater or dance. High school students select a major area of study. Students study a daily average of 2.5 hours of arts.

 

The following ensembles will be performing at the Japanese Friendship Garden

 

ASA Advanced Guitar Ensemble

North Winds Woodwind Quintet

ASA Brass Ensemble

ASA String Quartet

ASA Percussion Ensemble

INFORMATION BOOTH

Servas will be at the Japanese Friendship Garden on First Friday!

 

About Servas …  
Servas is a non-profit, non-governmental, membership organization fostering understanding of cultural diversity through a global person-to-person network promoting a more just and peaceful world. Since 1948 when it was started by peace activists, Servas has become a global program of almost 15,000 members in more than 100 countries. Servas achieves itsmission by providing approved travelers with opportunities to be guests of Servas member hosts. Volunteer national committees have compiled lists of hosts in countries with every form of government and provided bridges of understanding between people of every profession and persuasion.
Servas connection to the United Nations…  
Servas has been officially associated with the United Nations since 1973 and is committed to the United Nations and its goal of world peace. US Servas is one of 1447 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) associated with the UN Department of Public Information (UN-DPI) in New York City who attend meetings, provide input and advocate UN goals, programs and policies and support efforts to achieve a more effective world organization.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 7th, 2016

Time: 4:30-6:30 PM

Performance by: Scott Schaefer on Indigenous Flutes and Didgeridoo 
& Mark Bensette Aux Bois on Guitar and Harp Presents Powerful,

Beautiful, Ambient, thought provoking original music that transcends

known genres. 

**NO KOI FOOD SALES AT THIS TIME; NO OUTSIDE FOOD ALLOWED**

In order to monitor the health of our koi fish, we have suspended sales of koi food and ask visitors to not bring in outside food for them.  (e.g. bread, crackers, pet store food, etc). Thank you for your understanding.