Japanese Holiday Decoration Part 2: Shimenawa (Wreath)
Selected date Saturday December 7
Selected time 1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Welcome to Japanese Holiday Decoration: Shimenawa on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.


A shimenawa is a sacred straw decorative festoon in the Shinto style. Its origins are from ancient Japanese mythology when the Sun Goddess - Amaterasu - was removed from the Cave of Heaven, then subsequently prevented to return there by a rope across the Cave's entrance. This symbolizes a sanctuary against future bad events. During New Years, Japanese make wishes and prayers for luck to the Shimenawa.


This workshop, includes all materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction.


Check-in time at Gift Shop: 12:45 p.m.

The workshop will begin at: 1:00 p.m.


(Please arrive at the garden by 12:30 pm if you would like to see FREE Kadomatsu demonstration  by our curator, Ben Schrepf 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

A kadomatsu (literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes. For the Japanese, this time of the year means purification rituals, such as cleaning one's home and office, settling old debts, encouraging blessings, and also to welcome ancestral spirits or kami (Sprits of nature) of the harvest.


COMBO (Koke Dama & Shimenawa) WORKSHOP¥

‚ÄčDate: Saturday, December 7

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fee: General $70/Member $65 ( Garden Admission included )


We are hosting two workshops. One is Koke Dama and other is Shimanawa. You can try both! 

Order COMBO with discount price!



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.


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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