The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites residents to its Second Annual Bonsai Exhibit Saturday, Nov. 12, sponsored by Scottsdale Bonsai Society, Phoenix Bonsai Society and Nakama Bonsai Kai.

The word Bonsai is a Japanese term, which translated as “planted in a container.” This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over 1,000 years.

This year the Bonsai exhibit will be joined by another piece of Japanese artistry, Raku ware, a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. Visitors will also learn about the philosophy of Bonsai and Raku and their cultural background, history, making process, how to create, and much more.

The special exhibit takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the garden, 1125 N. 3rd Ave. There will be a Bonsai Hands-on presentation at 10 a.m., followed by a Raku Demonstration at 11 a.m. and a Bonsai Demonstration from 1:30-2:30 p.m. by the Scottsdale Bonsai Society, This is a unique opportunity to see the process of beautiful creation.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and military with ID, and seniors age 62 and older. For more information, visit or call 602-274-8700.


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