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Japanese Cultural Center Tea House and Gardens

Our Non Profit

The Japanese Cultural Center,Tea House, and Gardens of Saginaw, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is proud to implement our mission.

Volunteers are always needed to care for our gardens. You can adopt a particular garden element as your own.

We offer occasional classes in traditional Japanese arts. In addition to language tutoring, you can learn origami (paper folding), bonsai (nurturing dwarfed plants), and calligraphy (Japanese script as a fine art).

Our work is utterly dependent on the gracious giving of donors.

Also, keep us in mind in your estate planning. We honor the traditional virtue of longevity and our endowment fund will nurture us for another fifty or hundred years.

Seasons and Hours

  • Gardens and Tea House open April-October Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-4:00 PM.
  • Tea ceremony presented on the 2nd Saturday of each month year round. (Please call for reservations: 989.759.1648. See Services & Fees for more information.)
  • Strolling garden and tea house are accessible for all visitors at no charge.



Ms. Masumi Azu
Executive Director

Mr. Scott Rittenberry
Office Manager


Board of Directors

Mr. Todd Hall, President
Glastender, Inc

Ms. Holly Furlo, Vice President
Saginaw Valley State University

Mr. James Gerding, Secretary and Treasurer
The Rehmann Group

Ms. Renee Harvey
eXp Realty

Mr. Phil Karwat
City of Saginaw

Ms. Yoko Mossner

Dr. Evelyn Shields-Mudd
Professor Emeritus

Mr. Les Tincknell

Mr. Michael Wooley
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Tokushima members
Mayor Akiyoshi Endo
Mr. Hiromu Morizumi
Ms. Michiko Shuntou


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