Japanese Events in Phoenix: January 2018

Japanese events in Phoenix - January 2018
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As we enter the new year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Japanese culture here in Phoenix. We’ve listed all January 2018 events here:

Cool Nihongo Language Class

During the first Friday of every month, the Japanese Friendship Garden hosts a meet-up for Japanese culture and language enthusiasts. The garden offers a friendly and relaxed setting for visitors to practice their language skills as well as explore the garden. January’s topic will be the new year. (Note: the garden also offers free admission on First Fridays!)

Date and Time:
Friday, January 5, 2018
4:30pm-5:30pm (*garden open until 7:30pm)
Tickets:
$10 for Nihongo Class
Free Garden Admission
Location:
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Event Page

Taiyou Con

“Taiyou Con is a three-day convention celebrating anime, cosplay, video games, Japanese culture, and the people that love these hobbies. As we like to say… Arizona’s Coolest Anime Convention.” At this year’s convention, guests will have the opportunity to meet their favorite anime stars such as voice actress Shino Kakinuma, voice actor Toshio Furukawa, cosplay artist Kimidori, and many others.

Date and Time:
Friday, January 5: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Saturday, January 6: 10:00am to 2:00am
Sunday, January 7: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tickets:
$30-$45 per day
*Discounted tickets available on-line
Location:
Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Event Page

Workshop: Flowers for a Japanese Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden offers various workshops throughout the year. In January visitors can learn how to create their own Japanese gardens using flowers that grow well in the Arizona desert: camellias, irises, lilies, and Japanese wisteria. Visitors are encouraged to register for the workshop on-line to secure a spot.

Date and Time:
Saturday January 6, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Tickets:
$30 general, $25 for members
(Includes garden admission)
Location:
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Event Page

Yume Gardens 5th Anniversary Celebration (Tucson)

Tucson’s Yume Gardens are celebrating their fifth anniversary this month! It will be great day to visit, as the “day-long party” will include various music and artistic performances. The garden is also featuring an innovative large-scale origami exhibit this month (through April 2018).

Date and Time:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00am-4:30pm
Tickets: 

$15.00 adults, $7.00 children
Location:
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Event Page

Workshop: Sogetsu Ikebana

In addition to the gardening workshop, the Japanese Friendship Garden is also holding a Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop this month. Sogetsu is a more modern take on the practice of Ikebana; founded in 1927, the Sogetsu school supports the idea that anyone can enjoy the practice using any type of materials.

Date and Time:
Saturday January 13, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Tickets:
$35 general, $30 for members
(Includes garden admission)
Location:
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Event Page

Workshop: Ikenobo Ikebana

For those interested in learning the most traditional forms of Ikebana, the Japanese Friendship Garden is hosting a workshop for Ikenobo Ikebana, a practice dating back to the 15th century. According to the garden website, January’s workshop will feature “the traditional rikka arrangement, the oldest of Ikenobo’s three styles, and the most complex, presenting an image of the cosmos.”

Date and Time:
Saturday January 19, 2018
9:30am-3:00pm
Tickets:
$60 general, $50 for members
(Includes garden admission)
Location:
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Event Page

Kurosawa’s Ran: Film Screening and Discussion

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is holding a screening of Kurosawa’s 1985 epic Ran. Considered one of Kurosawa’s best epic films, the plot and characters are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s King Lear as well as 16th century Japanese warlord Mori Motonari. After the film screening, attendees can participate in a discussion with film historian Jason Davids Scott.

Date and Time:
Saturday January 19, 2018
7:00pm
Tickets:
$7.00
Location:
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia G Piper Theatre
7380 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Event Page

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tea Ceremony Event
Held on the third Saturday of each month at the Japanese Friendship Garden, the tea ceremony is a great way to experience a snapshot of Japanese culture. Please note that participants must be 12 years or older, and reservations are highly encouraged.

Date and Time:
Sunday, January 20, 2018
Multiple seatings from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tickets: 

$30.00 per seating, $25.00 for seniors and garden members
Location:
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Event Page

9th Annual Ikebana Exhibit

The Japanese Friendship Garden is busy this month! During the weekend of January 26, the garden will house an exhibition for Sogetsu Ikebana. Guests can attend formal presentations about the art form as well as try making their own small flower arrangements.

Date and Time:
Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tickets: 

$7.00 Adults, $6.00 Seniors/Military, $5.00 students
Location:
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
Event Page

 

Jun Kaneko Art Installation

Kaneko Event Art
From November 2017 to May 2018, The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix will be featuring the art of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Jun Kaneko. Per the garden’s website, visitors will have the opportunity to “Experience the bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko. Uncover Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Immerse yourself in imaginative color palettes, stand tall with the whimsical Tanuki raccoon-dogs and take a mindful moment among the intimate installation of Kaneko’s iconic Dangos, or round form series.”

Date and Time:
Nov 17, 2017 to May 13, 2018
8:00am-8:00pm daily
Tickets: 

Included with garden admission ($24.95) or membership
Location:
Desert Botanical Garden
3045 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Creature a Day Art Exhibit


Chandler’s Vision Gallery is featuring the art of Josiah Copley throughout the month of December. “Inspired by Japanese kaiju toys, cartoons and video games, Josiah Copley started drawing some of the wildest and weirdest creatures, robots, monsters and aliens he could imagine every day for more than two and a half years.”


Date and Time:
December 1, 2017 through January 8, 2018
Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm
Tickets: 

Free Admission
Location:
About the Vision Gallery
10 E. Chicago St.,  Chandler, AZ 85225
Event Page

 

Please feel free to comment if you know of other events happening this month. We hope everyone has a wonderful January!

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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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