Japanese Cultural Sites in Phoenix

Japanese Cultural Sites in Phoenix
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Phoenix has its fair share of Japanese cultural sites if you know where to look! Here we have compiled the most popular sites in and around the valley:

Japanese Friendship Garden

Founded in 1987, the Japanese Friendship Garden (Ro Ho En) is Phoenix’s most famous Japanese cultural site. The garden was initially proposed by the mayor of Himeji, Phoenix’s sister city in Japan, in order to strengthen the cultural ties between the two cities. The garden features a koi pond, tea house, and a tranquil walking path. Patrons can also enjoy various events and workshops at reasonable prices.

Location:
1125 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Admission:

$7.00 General Admission
Website


Yume Japanese Gardens (Tucson)

Tucson’s Yume Japanese Gardens serve as the “living expression of an ancient Japanese heritage.” Similar to Phoenix’s garden, Yume offers a tranquil environment for patrons as well as frequent events and workshops. We also recommend visiting the art gallery as well as the neighboring botanical garden.

Location:
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona 85712
Admission:
$9.00 General Admission
Website

Haku un-ji Zen Center

The Haku un-ji  Zen Center is a Buddhist temple offering services for varying levels of Buddhist practice. Initially founded in Los Angeles by Sasaki Roshi, the Zen Center now has many affiliated sites in the Southwest. The Tempe Haku un-ji Zen Center opened in 1994 and “provides a tranquil and supportive environment for the practice and study of Zen Buddhism.” While services are offered throughout the week, an “orientation” day takes place on Sundays for those unfamiliar with the practice.

Location:
1448 E Cedar St
Tempe, AZ 85281
Admission:
Free
Website


Phoenix Art Museum: Asian Art Collection

The Asian Art Collection at the Phoenix Art Museum houses a wide variety of artifacts and works of art from Japan as well as Tibet, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Java, and China. The permanent collection is known for its samurai armor and jade sculptures. We recommend visiting every few months, as many works are on a rotating schedule in order to prevent sun exposure.

Location:
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission:
$18.00 General Admission (full museum)
Website

Phoenix Art Museum: Yayoi Kusama Exhibit

Kusama’s 2005 work, You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies, is part of the Phoenix Art Museum’s permanent collection Per the museum website, “This deceptively small room feels as if it’s a vast, infinite galaxy of lighting and allows the viewer to enter and be surrounded, or obliterated by Kusama’s fireflies.”

Location:
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission:
$18.00 General Admission (full museum)
Website


Japanese Tea House (Flagstaff)

Flagstaff’s Japanese Tea House and Gardens are located on Northern Arizona University’s campus. While tea ceremonies do take place from time to time, the Tea House is also used to exhibit student artwork.

Location:
S San Francisco St
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Admission:
Free
Website

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About Tara Brichetto

Tara is a Phoenix native who enjoys learning about the many cultural events Arizona has to offer. She is especially interested in Japanese culture after teaching in Japan through Phoenix Sister Cities. Tara currently works as an analyst and serves as a coordinator for students on CIEE’s high school exchange program.

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