Cultural Program

Workshop / Classes

 
Cool Nihongo
Enjoy learning Language and Culture 

Date: Friday, Nov. 3, Jan. 5,  Feb. 2, Mar. 2,

          Apr. 6, May 4 and June 1

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m

Fee: $10 (On First Friday) per each class

 

Organizer: Keiko Conn

Join us in our authentic Japanese Garden for the opportunity to meet and mingle with other Japanese language and culture enthusiasts. 

There will be a variety of fun topics to learn and practice your knowledge in a relaxed friendly setting. 

 

This is our first year offering "Cool Nihongo". We encourage this group to be a mix of culture enthusiasts, language learners, and native speakers.  If you are interested in Japanese culture or language and want to meet others who are as well, join us! 

We look forward to meeting you!

Topic:

November 3: Aisatsu (あいさつ)

January 5: Shinnen (新年) or Oshogatsu(正月)

February 2: Setsubun (節分)

March 2: Ohanami (お花見). Yomatsuri (夜祭り)

April 6: Obento(お弁当) Ryoko (旅行)

May 4: Kodomono-hi (子供の日) Hahano-hi(母の日)

June 1: Tanabata(七夕まつり) Obon(お盆)

Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop

Date: Nov. 11, Jan. 13, and Mar.3

Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Fee: General $35/Member $30 ( Garden Admission included )

 

Instructor: Ping Wei

 

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated, and meditative. The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way of flowers. Ikebana emphasizes space and lines. It celebrates simplicity. You will learn and enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana as a traditional and innovative wayof expressing yourself.

 

Each session is unique and teaches you a different design element of Sogetsu Ikebana.

Ikenobo Ikebana Workshop

Date: Sep.16, Oct.14, Nov.18, Jan.19, Jan.20, Feb. 17

Mar 8, Mar. 9, April 21 and May 19

Time: 9:30 a.m. - Noon

Location: Windship House: 216 W. Portland St, Phoenix

Fee: General $30/Member $25 ( all Material included )

The Ikenobo School is the oldest school of Ikebana or Japanese flower arranging dating from the 15th century.  Based in Kyoto, the traditional cultural capital of Japan, Ikenobo stresses the inherent nature of  flowers and plants, and it allows one to express personal feelings through this art form. 

 

September 16, 2017: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Chapter Day,  Jiyuka or Free style.  

This workshop begins our year of Ikenobo study which is focused on recognizing our over 500 years of history in Ikenobo ikebana.  This is an opportunity to see how Ikenobo arrangements can be created in simple, ordinary containers.  Free style is the newest of Ikenobo’s styles and places focus on color, shapes, lines.

 

October 14, 2017: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoka Isshuike with Aspidistra.  

This is a classic one-material shoka arrangement, a basic lesson in learning the elements making up a shoka style arrangement.   The shoka style was derived from earlier more complex styles but still provides an image of heaven, man, and earth in harmony.

 

November 18, 2017:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoka Nishuike. 

The arrangement studied is a two-material shoka, often a tree material combined with a flower.

 

January 19, 2018:  9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ALL DAY FEE

Sensei: Jeanne Holy Cost: $50.00-members, $60.00-general,

Rikka Shofutai. 

This is the traditional rikka arrangement, the oldest of Ikenobo’s three styles, and the most complex, presenting an image of the cosmos.   It is made up of at least nine major elements and numerous ashirai, assisting elements.

 

January 20, 2018:    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoka Maze-ike.  

This shoka is a variation of nishuike shoka using two materials of differing quality and form “mixed” to create a harmonious whole.

 

February 17, 2018:   9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A boat arrangement, debune, iribune, or tomaribune , a style dating from ancient times, some designed to be hanging, others to be placed on the floor of a tokonoma.

March 8, 2018: TBA

  • Visiting Professor from Japan

  • Sensei: TBD

  • Cost: TBD

 

March 9, 2018:   1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Visiting Professor from Japan

  • Sensei: TBD

  • Cost: TBD

Two shoka workshops with the visiting Ikenobo professor from Kyoto, one a “special teaching”  using a flowing line in one of the main elements; the other, a more modern shoka shimputai.

 

April 21, 2018:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoka Sanshuike.  

This shoka uses three materials but follows the same basic principles of all shokas.

 

May 19, 2018:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoka Shimputai.   

This more modern shoka stresses the feelings of the arranger and is made of two main elements which respond to each other to suggest the balance of life.

Kadomatsu Workshop

Date: Saturday, December 9

Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Fee: General $40/Member $35 ( Garden Admission included )

Note: Shimenawa Workshop is also available in the afternoon!

if you would like to try both, register Combo Workshop

 

Instructor: Japanese Friendship Garden Staff

A kadomatsu (literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes. For the Japanese, this time of the year means purification rituals, such as cleaning one's home and office, settling old debts, encouraging blessings, and also to welcome ancestral spirits or kami (Sprits of nature) of the harvest.

This workshop, includes a complete kit with pre-cut bamboo and all other materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction. 

All materials are from the Garden.


 

Shimenawa Workshop

Date: Saturday, December 9

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fee: General $30/Member $25 ( Garden Admission included )

Note: Kadomatsu Workshop is also available in the afternoon!

if you would like to try both, register Combo Workshop

Instructor: Japanese Friendship Garden Staff

A shimenawa is a sacred straw decorative festoon in the Shinto style. Its origins are from ancient Japanese mythology when the Sun Goddess - Amaterasu - was removed from the Cave of Heaven, then subsequently prevented to return there by a rope across the Cave's entrance. This symbolizes a sanctuary against future bad events. During New Years, Japanese make wishes and prayers for luck to the Shimenawa.

This workshop, includes all materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction. 

All materials are from the Garden.

 

Combo (Kadomatsu & Shimenawa) Workshop

Date: Saturday, December 9

Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fee: General $60/Member $55 ( Garden Admission included )

Instructor: Japanese Friendship Garden Staff

In this workshop, you will construct a traditional New Year's decoration and make one to take with you for your own home! We are hosting two workshops. One is Kadomatsu and other is Shimanawa. You can pick one or try both!

 

Cancellation Policies

All classes that do not meet minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be canceled at Japanese Friendship Garden's discretion. Japanese Friendship Garden will contact students in affected class and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class.

 

Refunds

Clients who register for a class or program that is canceled for any reason by Japanese Friendship Garden will receive a full refund.

Clients who withdraw from a class/program at least 10 business days prior the scheduled class/program start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A “business day” is defined as M-F.)

 

Refunds will not be given to any student who withdraws from a class after the first class has been held.

 

Missed Classes

There are no discounts or refunds for missed classes.

**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.