Advance Online Ticket sales will end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. 

We would also like to encourage you to carpool if possible or take the light rail to this event as parking is limited. The light rail exit is Roosevelt and the garden is one block west and a half block north. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Upcoming Events

Haru in the Garden 2019

A festival welcoming spring


The premiere Japanese Cultural event of Spring “Haru in the Garden” is back for another year, presented by the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. 


Experience the colors and sounds of the season while strolling through our entrancingly lit pathways.


There will also be traditional and music throughout, a variety of Asian dishes and food trucks and of course a Japanese bar serving wine, beer, plumb wine and premium sake.


Advance tickets are available for purchase at through Brown Paper Tickets and at the Garden Gift Shop.



Saturday March 23, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Advance Tickets: 
$25.00 General / $20.00 Member
$5.00 Youth 3 - 12 / Free under 3

Tickets at Gate: 
$30.00 General / $25.00 Member
$5.00 Youth 3 - 12 / Free under 3

Location: Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003


Featured Performing Artists and Schedule 



6:00 - 6:40 p.m.

Welcome Taiko Music @ Front Gate

by Fushicho Daiko Dojo


6:10 - 6:55 p.m. / 7:35 - 8:05 p.m.

Japanese Folk Music - Acoustic Guitar

@ Sapporo Beer Garden & Food Seating Area

by Ken Koshio


6:15 - 6:55 p.m. / 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Chinese String Instruments (Pipa & Erhu)


by Lai Ma & Lily Wang


6:50 - 7:30 p.m.

Flamenco Fusion live Spanish Guitar & Japanese drums


by Yumi La Rosa


6:15 - 6:55 p.m. / 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute)

@ Tea Garden

by Yujin Sokushin


8:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Special Guests from Japan, performing Jazz

by Ayako Shirasaki, pianist's

by Noriko Ueda, bassist

by Lewis Nash, drummer


9:00 - 9:35 p.m.

Fushicho Daiko Dojo Taiko Grand Finale

@Grassland in front of stage

by Fushicho Daiko Dojo

Food Vendors (Subject to change)

Yatai Ramen

Vendor 1: Yatai Ramen - Japanese Truck/272953822863168?ref=br_tf&_rdr

  • Ramen

  • Japanese Curry

  • Teriyaki Chicken

  • Gyoza


Vendor 2: Ohya Asian Kitchen – Korean BBQ/Asian Fusion

  • Cup Bob ( Rice Bowls with choice of meat )

  • “Bulgogi” Beef

  • “Doeji Bulgog” Pork

  • “Dallk Bulgog” Chicken


Vendor 3: The Lemongrass Shack – Cambodian Street Food

  • Lemongrass Chicken

  • Salt & Pepper “Lok Lak” Beef

  • Chicken Yakisoba Noodles with Coconut Curry

  • Shrimp Coconut Curry 

Featured Display Artists 

Ikebana Art Display

Carol Brecker


Flower pottery

Ping Wei


Stephen Bunyard

Spiritual Calligraphy

Yuko Halada

Visual Arts, Painting and Printing

Banding Hendrix

Photography Art

Larry Brecker

Chirimen Art Display at Tea House

Kisa Mizu

Presented by Yukiyo Le

City of Phoenix, Art + Culture
Sapporo Beer
Hiro Sake
Hiro Tokyo Mule and Watermelon Saketini
Event Parking Map
Yumi La Rosa
She was later invited to Mexico, India, and Singapore to teach Flamenco workshops and to perform. Currently, she is performing at Tapas Papa Frita Spanish restaurant in Scottsdale as the featured dancer. She also organizes an annual theater production, "Amor al Baile" (Love of Dance) to give the public an appreciation of other cultures in general and of the richness of Spanish culture in particular. Yumi La Rosa has been a flamenco instructor for all ages throughout the valley;
Fushicho Daiko Dojo
Lai Ma
Lai Ma - Pipa (Pear Shaped Lute, Chinese guitar) player - The Pipa arrived in China in the 4th century AD from Central Asia and its history dates back more than 2000 years. Lai Ma was born in Shenyang, China. She started learning pipa with her father at age 5, and later, piano and composition. After graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Lai Ma became the performer, pianist, arranger, and composer for The Premier Song and Dance Troupe of Beijing. In 1992 she won "Hei Long
Lily Wang
Erhu player
Ken Koshio
Yūjin Soku-Shin
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 promoting peace and harmony through the power of music and sounds. — with Yu-Jin Sukh.
Carol Brecker
Carol Brecker Ikebana Art Studio transforms the south lawn and mountainside areas of the garden into an ethereal pink fantasyland. Stroll through traditional and contemporary flowering vignettes of spring. Lovers and families gather in Japan to delight in the annual beauty of the enchanting cherry trees in bloom. You can experience the ecstasy of emerging spring right here in Phoenix as you stroll through the whimsical sculptures of bamboo and flowering branches.

Carol Brecker,,
Stephen Bunyard
He was born to be creative. Influenced by parents who were very creative in their own fields, being blessed with a very active imagination, having a curious nature and a love of drawing resulted in a tremendous creative output as a musician, cartoonist, and artist in his young life.

Fast forward a few years and Stephen graduated from Texas Tech University's School of Architecture and moved to Phoenix Arizona to pursue his career as an Architect.
Ping Wei
Yuko Halada
Yuko Halada is a founder of Spiritual Shodo, an ancient Japanese art form known as calligraphy, that is designed to awaken the Divine aspects and qualities inside of us that has been dormant for many years. Her artwork emits Divine energy that can promote and activate the divine qualities within. She is also a highly experienced and accomplished energy healer who specializes in repairing DNA.
Banding Hendrix
Kisa Mizu
What is Chirimen zaiku?
Chirimen zaiku is Japanese traditional handcraft started by Japanese women 300 years ago at the end of the Edo period. Chirimen is a soft, thin, light silk fabric with a crinkled surface which was widely used as a fine material for kimono which Japanese women commonly sewed for themselves.
They naturally started making use of the waste pieces by making little flower, birds, animals, dolls and toys. These adorable palm-sized art prices became the beginning of current Japa
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