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!

Haru in the Garden 2019

A festival welcoming spring


Welcome the glorious Arizona spring weather in the valley’s traditional Japanese garden while enjoying culture, art, live music and entertainment, drinks and worldly eats. 


Open at night only for special occasions such as this the stellar line up of entertainment includes Asian fusion dancing, Japanese folk music, Chinese traditional string musicians, Taiko drumming and more!


Enjoy our Sapporo beer garden serving a premium and craft selection of Sapporo beer, local Arizona vineyard wines, and Hiro sake cocktails. Grab a bite from our variety of Asian food vendors. 


Musoan tea garden will be open for this special occasion where guests can enjoy our Spring inspired art installation, live music, and matcha tea and traditional sweets, served by hostesses in kimono. 


Our garden relies on patrons such as you to maintain and operate for the community. Thank you in advance for your support. 501 c3 nonprofit.


Advance tickets are available for purchase 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

Performer Lineup (Subject to change)


6:00 - 6:40 p.m. / 7:10 p.m. - 7:40 p.m. /

7:45 - 8:15 p.m. 

Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) @ Front Gate / Tea Garden / Mountainside

by Jin Soku-Shin

Facebook: @JinSokushin


6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Special Guests from Japan, performing Jazz

@ Main Stage

by Ayako Shirasaki (piano)

by Mayu Sakei (flute)

7:10 - 7:40 p.m.

Flamenco Fusion live Spanish Guitar & Japanese drums

@ Main Stage

by Yumi La Rosa ft. Ken Koshio


7:50 - 8:20 p.m.

Chinese String Instrument (Pipa)

@ Main Stage

by Lai Ma


8:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Erhu Player @ Main Stage

by Lily Wang


9:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Japanese Folk Music & Taiko Drumming

@ Main Stage

by Ken Koshio

Art Vendors/Displays (Subject to change):
Fadi Y Sitto
On-the-spot poetry @ Pavillion
The practice of live pop-up poetry is a social connection between you and the poet. Poet Fadi will be at the Japanese Friendship Garden composing and typing poetry on-the-spot at the event. Check out some of his work, bending serendipity: a book of love self revolution and everything else.
Ping Wei
Ikebana Art Installation @ South Lawn & Mountainside
Vendor Booth @ Pavillion
Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated, and meditative. It was rooted in Japanese Zen Buddhism. The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way of flowers. Ikebana emphasizes lines and space. It celebrates simplicity.
Yuko Halada
Spiritual Shodo Booth @ Gift Shop Lawn
Yuko is the 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 have 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. 
Halldor & Gail Hjalmarson 
Japanese Pottery @ Pavillion
Surface embellishment is Halldor's specialty and he has unique techniques of imparting imagery to the clay surface. He has often tempted viewers with his "micro landscapes" of animal and plant life in our desert, in his new creations he evokes a sense of taste and smell. Clay creations depicting creatures from our desert being cooked in what appears to be cast-iron pans evoke anticipation of mouth-watering culinary delight. 

Food Vendors (Subject to change)


Vendor 1: Ohya Korean Kitchen & Bar

  • Bao Buns

  • Taiyaki

  • Mochi Ice Cream


Vendor 2: Yatai Ramen Truck

  • Ramen

  • Yakisoba

  • Teriyaki Chicken

  • Gyoza

Vendor 3: Genbu Waffles

  • Bubble waffles - egg based waffle with small bubbles and ice cream of choice 

Event Parking
We would like to encourage you to carpool if possible or take the light rail to this event as parking is limited.
  • When riding the Light Rail, exit at the Central and Roosevelt stop. The Garden is located on the west side of the rail, 0.3 miles from the station; it is directly behind the Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix), just north of Portland Avenue. The Garden entrance is across the parking lot at 1125 N. 3rd Avenue
If you're driving to the event, please park at the following designated parking lots (indicated on the map below):
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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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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.  


Lily Wang

Erhu player