Samurai Night 2023

Samurai Night 2023
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1125 N. 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003, US
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Samurai Night – a Children's Day Celebration! 


Friday, May 5, 5:30 – 8:30 pm  

Gates open: 4:30 pm 

Performances will begin at: 5:30 pm 

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


General: $30 for adults, and $25 for children 



In honor of Children’s Day in Japan, join us on Friday, May 5th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm for an interactive samurai show, performed by Burai Productions, a renowned Japanese Entertainment Group based in California. This year, we will be including a variety of performances that make for an exciting evening for the whole family! 

Experience Japanese cultural traditions up close as you learn the basic movements, sword handling, and manner of speaking that define the samurai way from experienced Samurai. You'll even get to engage in a sword fight performance, just like in your favorite samurai movies! But don't worry - paper "swords" will be provided for safety.  

Guests will also get to experience a variety of other performances ranging from Japanese children’s dance, martial arts, and more to make for a robust evening of Japanese culture! 

Displays of Samurai helmets and armor and dolls of legendary heroes and warriors will also be on display for viewing, much like they are in Japan during Children’s day. 

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and witness the grace, skill, and discipline of the samurai firsthand. Book your tickets now for an unforgettable evening of family fun! 



4:30 Gates open 

5:30 Nakayoshi Kids Club dance 

5:50 Samurai Performance and Lecture 

6:30 Intermission 

6:40 Aikido presentation (More to Come) 

7:00 Arizona bushi (More to Come) 

7:10 Samurai performance and Lecture 

8:30 Gates close



Burai Productions is a Japanese entertainment group based in California. They have been providing interactive samurai shows at various events since 2016, including Anaheim Japan Fair, Long Beach Japan Fair, LANSCA 60th Anniversary Special Event, Nisei Obon Festival, Nisei Week Fashion Show, and many more. They offer an opportunity to learn about Japanese cultural traditions and experience basic samurai movements, sword handling, and manner of speaking. The sword fight performance is challenging, and paper "swords" are provided for practice.   

Mr. Masa Kanome 

Masa was born and raised in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan. At the age of 17, he moved to Olympia, Washington state to pursue his career in tennis not knowing any English. After a few years of intense training, he decided to take a break from playing tennis and started focusing on learning the language. After graduating from college In Olympia, he took his learning journey to a next level at University of Arizona where he mastered how to party as well! 😊 Now 2 decades in Hollywood, he enjoys acting and leading Burai Productions. Who would’ve thought of swinging a sword instead of a tennis racket back then! He is the living samurai! 


Mr. Tadahiro Nakamura  

Nakamura has been performing Japanese Samurai Sword Fighting since he was an action stunt school student in Tokyo, Japan.  He had many opportunities to experience as stuntman. He has participated in many Japanese and American films. Also, now he has a samurai sword fight event etc. 


Mr. Taishi Tamaki 

Taishi Tamaki started his acting career in 2013 and mainly focused on-stage performances in Japan. In 2015, he took a leap of faith and moved to Hollywood to pursue his dreams. Shortly after, He was cast on the Japanese reality TV show, "Terrace House Aloha State". Currently, he is continuing to hone his craft as an actor in Hollywood while also performing samurai sword fighting as a member of the Burai team. He also has a personal YouTube channel where He shares his weekly routine in Hollywood. 


Ms. Yuwi Kim 

Yuwi started her acting career in 2017.  She joined Burai production in 2018 where she began honing her Japanese swordfighting skills.  She has worked on multiple live shows and productions ranging from short films to full-length theatre.  You can catch her most recent short film Yae: The Blind Samurai Woman, alongside her Burai members. 



Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix – Garden, Behind the Giftshop or West Grass Area 

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. 



All classes that do not meet the minimum enrolment 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/class participants who withdraw at least ten business days prior to the scheduled workshop/class 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/class participants who withdraw from a class after the class has been held.



Participants who do not show up to the workshop/class notification before the scheduled workshop/class must forfeit their payment and reservation. 

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$30.00 per Adults
$25.00 per Youth:6-17
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation & Refund Policies: Program 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 programs affected by cancellations and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class. Participants who withdraw from a program at least ten business days prior to the scheduled program start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A business day is defined as M-F.).

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Jay Forester

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