Cool Nihongo - enjoy learning language and culture
Selected date Saturday November 14 Other dates...
<November 2020>
Selected time 10:00 AM  –  11:00 AM

Welcome to Cool Nihongo – Enjoy learning Language and Culture,

on Second Saturday Morning, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 (please select the date)


Want to learn Japanese culture? Practice your Japanese language skills? Or just connect with other people who have your same interests? Our Cool Nihongo gatherings are the perfect place for anyone captivated by Japan, Japanese, and or just the customs and celebrations of a culture outside their own.
Nihongo means “Japanese language” in Japanese. It is pronounced “Knee - Hone - Goh" and just like that, you’ve already learned your first word. In our Cool Nihongo gatherings the teachers give our monthly topic introduction based on the season, etiquette, literature or useful phrases. A handout for you to use and take home for reference is provided! Your teachers will help everyone practice together and complete an activity based on the content. There is also time to mingle with your fellow learners if you like.
Cool Nihongo guests are encouraged to enjoy their full Garden admission included in the price as well by strolling through our green paths before or after the gathering.
2021 Topics (subject to change):
October: Introductions & Salutations
November: Cultural Day, Shichi Go San
December: Preparing for the New Year
January: After the New Year
February: Girls Festival
March: Flowers of Japan
April: New school year in Japan
May: Golden Week and other holidays in Japan
June: Final gathering and Award Ceremony


Check-in time at Gift Shop: 9:50 am

The workshop will begin at: 10:00 am

Your prompt arrival will ensure a more pleasurable experience not only for yourself but for the other participants as well.


The Garden is located at 1125 North 3rd Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Latham (2 blocks North of Roosevelt). Parking is available at the garden.

When riding the Light Rail, exit at the Central and Roosevelt stop. The Garden is located on the west side of the rail, 0.3 miles from the station; it is directly behind the Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix), just north of Portland Avenue. The Garden entrance is across the parking lot at 1125 N. 3rd Avenue.


COVID19 Guidelines for attending Cool Nihongo

  Stay home if you are sick or running fever

15 Maximum per class

Protect yourself while visiting the garden.  

 Stay at least 6 feet away from others in the class

 Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth 

 Wash your hands with soap  and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer after using the restrooms.  

 Facial cover required by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in the public setting.

 Attendance at and use of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix and its facilities is at the sole risk of the attendee/participant and the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix shall not be responsible for any injury, sickness or harm experienced by an attendee/participant from or related to such use, and by its use, the attendee/participant assumes such risk. 


Cancellation & Refund Policies

All classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be subject to cancellation at the Garden's discretion. The Garden will contact registered participants in classes affected by cancellations and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class. Workshop/program participants who withdraw from a class/program at least ten business days prior to the scheduled workshop/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 workshop/program participants who withdraw from a class after the first class has been held.


Missed Classes

Workshop/program participants who do not show up to the workshop/program without notification before the scheduled workshop/program must forfeit their payment and reservation    

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