The Tea House was built together with the people of our sister city, Tokushima, Japan, in 1986. Materials were imported from Japan and Japanese carpenters flew in to oversee the construction.

We have welcomed visitors from all over the United States. According to the late Tea Master, Mr. Hisashi Yamada, former Director of the Uresenke Tea Center in New York, our Tea House is regarded as “one of the ten best tea houses outside of Japan” and it is the only authentic tea house in the Midwest.

The Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House is a non-profit organization. The City of Saginaw provides 50% of funds necessary for operations. The balance of funds required to operate come from program admissions (10%) and generous donors, businesses, and organizations within the community (40%).

To preserve this cultural gem for our community, we have formed the Tomodachi (Friendship) Society. As a donating member, you will be on our mailing list for all Cultural Center events. In addition, each year you will receive a special invitation to a tea ceremony held just for Tomodachi Society members.

If you are interested in helping to sustain our wonderful Tea House, we encourage you to make a donation by clicking on a Donation button below. Donations are collected online by PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate. Choose from a one-time or a monthly recurring donation. If you prefer, you may download the printable Donation PDF form and mail it along with your check or money order. We greatly appreciate your assistance.

Please note: when making a one-time donation, you may specify what your donation is to be used for and/or if the donation is a dedication in memory or honor of in the comments section on the PayPal donation page. When making a recurring donation and you would like to specify what your donation is to be used for and/or if the donation is a dedication in memory or honor of, please send an email to:

$30 - Supporting Member

$50 - Sustaining Member

$100 - Patron Member

Other Amount

Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens
527 Ezra Rust Drive
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Phone: 989.759.1648

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