9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Member only

Light refreshments and early birds Silent Auction


10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

Featured Artist Performance
Ken Koshio & Chieko Kojima 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m

Silent Auction 

(bidding ends at 11:00 a.m.)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Book Signing by Mike MacDee


He recently published a book of Japanese historical fiction calledShadow of the Fox, which can be found on in ebook and print formats.


Shadow of the Fox consists of three novellas set in the Edo period, and each story chronicles the missions of shogunate agent Mata the Fox, a con artist who tricks the villains into causing their own downfall. The stories aren't the usual fanciful fare from a western author: He consulted a professional historian during the writing of the book to make it at least as accurate as the average chanbara film, barring a few flights of fancy. He also wrote the book partly out of my fascination with Japanese culture and my love of Japanese period dramas. You can read the historian's review of the book here.


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Family Arts and Crafts

2016-2017 Opening Day & Silent Auction


The Japanese Friendship Garden is an authentic Japanese stroll garden that has been open to the public since 2002.  Over the years, the Garden has grown into a beloved gem to visit in the city of Phoenix that offers a peaceful oasis for guests and many cultural events and educational programs. 


In order to support these events and programs, along with its future projects, the Garden relies on generous contributions from donors and sponsors. This year, the Garden will be holding a silent auction in conjunction with the Opening Day as part of our fundraising efforts. Opening Day is the first day of the 2016-2017 season after closing in the summer for maintenance. 


The first day of the season is one to be celebrated and as such, the Garden will present live music performances and crafts.



Saturday, October 1, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 



General Admission

$5 Adults

$4 Seniors (+62), Students with ID and Military

Free 6 and under

Featured Performing Artists Biography:
Chieko Kojima


Chieko Kojima first encountered Japanese folk dancing when she moved to Sado to join Sado no Kuni Ondekoza in 1976, and went on to become one of Kodo’s founding members in 1981. In addition to her work with Kodo, she also has an active solo career that is perhaps best characterized by her ongoing project, "Yukiai," where she seeks out new encounters and collaborations with artists and taiko groups within Japan and throughout the world. She continues to ambitiously broaden her expressive outlets, as demonstrated by her recent productions based on the "Tales of Dojoji," which then became the inspiration for her first photo book, "Kasane no Kiyohime Monogatari: The Myriad Layers of Kiyohime," a unique work created with photographer Maiko Miyagawa and released in 2015. Kojima is known for her original dancing style during Kodo's taiko-based performances, which is best exemplified by her vivid portrayal of the goddess Ameno-uzume in the first season of "Amaterasu" in 2006. She became a Kodo Distinguished Member in 2012, and was programme director for the annual Sado-based concert series "Kodo Special Performances on Sado Island" for four years, starting from its inaugural season that same year.


Ken Koshio


Ken is a unique artist here in Arizona. He was born in Japan, and has been traveling around the world as a street singer. Currently based in Phoenix, he creates fusion music with Native Americans and has produced a Japanese folk tail musical story: Sakura no Ne (collaborated with the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix). He is not only a musician but he also acts as a cultural ambassador of Japan and a cultural bridge of the world. Now he shares his Japanese spirit of WA taiko at his dojo WAKONKAN and he has been producing cultural events as K2Enterprise from 2013. This production Way of Wa is produced by K2 Enterprise.

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