Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, for a special “Strolling in Yukata” event. It’s a great chance to wear your yukata or happi coat and wander through the garden. Located just south of Margaret T. Hance Park at 1125 N. 3rd Ave., the garden comprises 3.5 acres with a large koi pond shaped in the Kanji character Kokoro, or heart. There also are more than 50 varieties of plants, including two varieties of bamboo.

This casual “stroll” event offers food, activities and local vendors. Learn about and participate in Tai Chi, Yoga and Ondo (Japanese folk dance), while getting energetic and excited with Taiko drums and jazz. Or, get in a meditative mood with the sounds of Tibetan and Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls. Feeding the koi and creating Japanese novelties at the crafts tables are always fun for the kids. Local vendors will display their cultural wares.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Admission for non-members is $30 for adults and $15 for children (under 12). Price includes a light meal and beverage. For an additional fee, adults can enjoy sake lectures and samplings as well as beer and plum wine.

For more information, call 602-256-3204 or visit


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