Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama, and illustrating two cultures to create an immersive experience into Japanese culture.
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The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to educate, engage, and inspire present and future generations of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy through exhibits, programs, and the preservation of a Japanese-style garden. La misión de la Sociedad del Jardín Japonés de la Amistad de San Diego es educar, convivir, e inspirar a personas de diversos antecedentes sobre la cultura Japonesa y su legado comunitario atraves de exhibiciones, programas, y la preservación del Jardín estilo Japonés.

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Join us for an Instagram LIVE wellness chat with psychologist Dr. Feinberg - discussing all things anxiety 🌿 June 23rd a...
06/14/2021

Join us for an Instagram LIVE wellness chat with psychologist Dr. Feinberg - discussing all things anxiety 🌿 June 23rd at 5:30 PM. #jfgsd #wellness

Join us for an Instagram LIVE wellness chat with psychologist Dr. Feinberg - discussing all things anxiety 🌿 June 23rd at 5:30 PM. #jfgsd #wellness

Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the meeting of Orihime & Hikoboshi  💞 Come see summer dances, participate in ...
06/11/2021

Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the meeting of Orihime & Hikoboshi 💞 Come see summer dances, participate in kid’s games, crafts & add your wish to the bamboo 🎋 Bring the family & join JFG and @minatomo.jp in celebrating Tanabata on July 7th & 11th. For more information head to niwa.org/tanabata #jfgsd #tanabata

We appreciate your support!  Please take this survey and choose the Japanese Friendship Garden as one of your favorite p...
06/07/2021

We appreciate your support! Please take this survey and choose the Japanese Friendship Garden as one of your favorite places to take kids in the San Diego area! Voting ends July 1, 2021.

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We appreciate your support! Please take this survey and choose the Japanese Friendship Garden as one of your favorite places to take kids in the San Diego area! Voting ends July 1, 2021.

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SHINRA BANSHOU: ALL THINGS IN NATURE A new virtual program - June 19, 20214:00 PM - 5:00 PMIn Japan, there is an ancient...
05/23/2021

SHINRA BANSHOU: ALL THINGS IN NATURE
A new virtual program - June 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In Japan, there is an ancient belief that gods dwell in all things unique to Japan. The idea is that all things are created by gods, and that all of them have their own spirits. It is said that the national character of Japan, with its changing seasons and accompanying rich nature, gave birth to the idea of worshiping nature itself as if it were a god. It was believed that the gods came down through nature....

Presented By: RIKU SHINSAKU

https://www.niwa.org/allthingsinnature

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Japanese Friendship Garden? Email volunteer@niwa.org for more information and ...
05/23/2021

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Japanese Friendship Garden?
Email [email protected] for more information and orientations.

Upcoming events: Tanabata & Obon
Garden opportunities: Garden Assistant & Composting Volunteer

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Japanese Friendship Garden?
Email [email protected] for more information and orientations.

Upcoming events: Tanabata & Obon
Garden opportunities: Garden Assistant & Composting Volunteer

NEW JFG PROGRAM ALERT! UP-CYCLED COSPLAY (Virtual):Did you know many of your household recyclables could have another li...
05/18/2021

NEW JFG PROGRAM ALERT!
UP-CYCLED COSPLAY (Virtual):
Did you know many of your household recyclables could have another life in cosplay? Learn how to easily make fun accessories and costumes with things you see (and throw away) everyday - from soda pull tabs to cardboard to your old window curtains. Whether you’re into cosplay, up-cycling, or just want to learn something new, we’d love to see you there!"

May 29th
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Register at niwa.org/cosplay

Private Events & Photoshoots at The Japanese Friendship Garden. Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa ...
05/13/2021

Private Events & Photoshoots at The Japanese Friendship Garden.

Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a truly beautiful venue. The lush trees and tall bamboo provide a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for private events and photoshoots.

Click the link for more information:
https://www.niwa.org/overview

Photo Credit: @domonick_kotas

Private Events & Photoshoots at The Japanese Friendship Garden.

Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a truly beautiful venue. The lush trees and tall bamboo provide a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for private events and photoshoots.

Click the link for more information:
https://www.niwa.org/overview

Photo Credit: @domonick_kotas

May 10, 2021 - Kyocera Cherry Tree Planting CeremonyIt is always an honor to host our guests from Kyocera.The cherry blo...
05/12/2021

May 10, 2021 - Kyocera Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony
It is always an honor to host our guests from Kyocera.

The cherry blossom trees were planted in commemoration of:
Asa “Arthur” Jonishi, co-founder of Kyocera International, Inc., who turned 100 on April 25; Keisuke “Kasey” Hasegawa, President (Retired) of Kyocera International, Inc., who passed away in January; and the 50th Anniversary of Kyocera’s U.S. Manufacturing on May 2, 2021.

May 10, 2021 - Kyocera Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony
It is always an honor to host our guests from Kyocera.

The cherry blossom trees were planted in commemoration of:
Asa “Arthur” Jonishi, co-founder of Kyocera International, Inc., who turned 100 on April 25; Keisuke “Kasey” Hasegawa, President (Retired) of Kyocera International, Inc., who passed away in January; and the 50th Anniversary of Kyocera’s U.S. Manufacturing on May 2, 2021.

JFG  is excited to announce the Sustainability Ambassador Program for San Diego County high school students! In line wit...
05/04/2021

JFG is excited to announce the Sustainability Ambassador Program for San Diego County high school students! In line with doing our part to create a healthy and sustainable environment for our planet, guests, staff and volunteers, ambassadors will collect and analyze data and be involved in special projects to reduce green waste and create solutions to repurpose other miscellaneous waste generated in the garden. This is an unpaid 6 month commitment for students wanting to build their resume and learn more of green practices. Visit: https://www.niwa.org/jfgambassador for information on how to apply!

JFG is excited to announce the Sustainability Ambassador Program for San Diego County high school students! In line with doing our part to create a healthy and sustainable environment for our planet, guests, staff and volunteers, ambassadors will collect and analyze data and be involved in special projects to reduce green waste and create solutions to repurpose other miscellaneous waste generated in the garden. This is an unpaid 6 month commitment for students wanting to build their resume and learn more of green practices. Visit: https://www.niwa.org/jfgambassador for information on how to apply!

JFG will officially be offering CSA boxes in collaboration with Yasukochi Family Farms every other month through 2021! T...
04/26/2021
Japanese Friendship Garden

JFG will officially be offering CSA boxes in collaboration with Yasukochi Family Farms every other month through 2021! The next CSA box pick-up date is May 25th between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM! Order deadline for both regular and jumbo boxes is May 18th — visit www.niwa.org to reserve yours today! #jfgsd #farmfresh

An expression of friendship between San Diego and Yokohama illustrating two cultures and creating a unique experience into Japanese culture.

Learn about the craft beer scene in Japan! Hata-san is the owner of Repubrew, a Shizuoka, Japan owned brewery in the hom...
04/25/2021
A Craft Beer Discussion and Demonstration — Japanese Friendship Garden

Learn about the craft beer scene in Japan! Hata-san is the owner of Repubrew, a Shizuoka, Japan owned brewery in the home town of Mt. Fuji! In this virtual lecture, you will learn the history of his brewery, be given a virtual tour of where the beer is made, and shown a demonstration! Tune in virtually to say ”Kampai!” (cheers) to the staff over at Repubrew! Visit niwa.org/repubrew to register today! #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #craftbeer Balboa Park

Learn about the craft beer scene in Japan! Hata San is the owner of Repubrew, a Shizuoka, Japan owned brewery in the home town of Mt. Fuji! In this virtual lecture, you will learn the history of his brewery, be given a virtual tour of where the beer is made, and shown a demonstration! Tune in virtua...

The healing power of sound has been an important part of human civilizations dating back as long ago as 40,000 years.  S...
04/06/2021
Sound Meditation — Japanese Friendship Garden

The healing power of sound has been an important part of human civilizations dating back as long ago as 40,000 years. Sound healing uses therapeutic frequencies to gently balance the body and soothe the mind by lowering brainwaves to the deeply restorative alpha and theta states.

This class is scheduled for April 27 at 9:00 AM at JFG where the natural beauty of the garden paired with sound from crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, chimes, gongs, drums and other sound tools will bathe listeners in a rejuvenating, multi-sensory experience! #jfgsd #soundmeditation Balboa Park

The healing power of sound has been an important part of human civilizations dating back as long ago as 40,000 years. Sound healing uses therapeutic frequencies to gently balance the body and soothe the mind by lowering brainwaves to the deeply restorative alpha and theta states. When the frequency....

Reiki returns to JFG in April! Reiki is a holistic wellness method for body and mind. It was developed in Japan by Mikao...
03/30/2021
Reiki — Japanese Friendship Garden

Reiki returns to JFG in April! Reiki is a holistic wellness method for body and mind. It was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui sensei in the 1920s, and in recent years has gained tremendous popularity around the world. During a Reiki session, the client is usually lying (fully clothed) on a massage table, and a practitioner places his or her hands on the client's body promoting the movement of Ki (the life force energy) and thus facilitating the natural self-healing. Reiki is very gentle, yet effective healing art, and it usually feels very relaxing. #jfgsd #wellness Balboa Park
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Due to current restrictions and guidelines, appointments are on a 1-1 basis with the instructor meaning that only one person per hour can book a session!

Reiki is a holistic wellness method for body and mind. It was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui sensei in the 1920s, and in recent years has gained tremendous popularity around the world. During a Reiki session, the client is usually lying (fully clothed) on a massage table, and a practitioner places...

#cherryblossomseason finale: as the cherry blossom petals begin to fall and the trees start to leaf, all of us at JFG wa...
03/29/2021

#cherryblossomseason finale: as the cherry blossom petals begin to fall and the trees start to leaf, all of us at JFG wanted to thank you all for the continued support that we have received since March 2020. The brief flourish of cherry blossoms are a reminder that special moments and experiences in life are just as fleeting. Currently, there are still some trees with an abundant amount of blooms remaining and to cap off this year's Cherry Blossom Season, we will be having A Virtual Kampai! To The Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 on our Instagram with our friends from Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. on Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00 PM (PST)!
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Visit https://www.settingsunsake.com/product/sakura-sake-special/ for more information on their "Sakura Sale Special" 🍶 #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #sake Balboa Park

As an organization embracing cultural exchange between folks of all backgrounds, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in...
03/26/2021

As an organization embracing cultural exchange between folks of all backgrounds, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park condemns the acts of gun violence and anti-Asian racism that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021. JFG extends our condolences and grieves for those that lost a family member, friend, and community member that day and wish a safe mental and physical recovery to those that were wounded.
JFG continues to stand by our statement made on June 5, 2020 and since, has been discussing with board members and staff, community organizations, and our neighbors in Balboa Park ways to further promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and the call to ending racial discrimination and hate. JFG will continue to work tirelessly to improve as a community leader that bridges equity and cultural divides.
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park calls on our local and national leaders to condemn anti-API violence and to actively find solutions to shield our community from further hate and violence. We call on San Diegans to stand united against all forms of hate and violence towards marginalized communities.
For resources available to the API community visit www.pacarts.org/sdapicoalition/api-resources
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#stopasianhate @balboapark

As an organization embracing cultural exchange between folks of all backgrounds, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park condemns the acts of gun violence and anti-Asian racism that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021. JFG extends our condolences and grieves for those that lost a family member, friend, and community member that day and wish a safe mental and physical recovery to those that were wounded.
JFG continues to stand by our statement made on June 5, 2020 and since, has been discussing with board members and staff, community organizations, and our neighbors in Balboa Park ways to further promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and the call to ending racial discrimination and hate. JFG will continue to work tirelessly to improve as a community leader that bridges equity and cultural divides.
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park calls on our local and national leaders to condemn anti-API violence and to actively find solutions to shield our community from further hate and violence. We call on San Diegans to stand united against all forms of hate and violence towards marginalized communities.
For resources available to the API community visit www.pacarts.org/sdapicoalition/api-resources
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#stopasianhate @balboapark

See you all this weekend at the Phoebe Chan (Virtual) Meet & Greet! and Mochi Cafe (Virtual) Meet & Greet! as they conti...
03/25/2021
Sakura Sake Special

See you all this weekend at the Phoebe Chan (Virtual) Meet & Greet! and Mochi Cafe (Virtual) Meet & Greet! as they continue the celebration of this year's #cherryblossomseason — virtually!
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We cap it off with A Virtual Kampai! To The Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 along with our friends from Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. Visit the link below to purchase your mixed 4-pack of premium craft sake and join us on March 31! #jfgsd #MuseumsFromHome Balboa Park

20% off the regular price and 10% of the proceeds going to the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego! A special pack of sake so you can toast with us during the Virtual Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration at the Japanese Friendship Garden on March 31st! A mixed 4-pack of our 355ml bottles of core....

JFG is excited to announce onsite programming for summer camp! Sign your child up for a variety of different programs su...
03/23/2021

JFG is excited to announce onsite programming for summer camp! Sign your child up for a variety of different programs such as yoga, composting, survival camp, and more! To view the schedule, complete registration, or view volunteer opportunities visit our website at niwa.org/summer-camp #jfgsd #summercamp Balboa Park

#cherryblossomseason week 4 update: this past weekend was the official start of the spring season and our cherry blossom...
03/22/2021

#cherryblossomseason week 4 update: this past weekend was the official start of the spring season and our cherry blossom trees — as well as other trees and plants — continue to have blooms for everyone to enjoy! The celebration continues with (virtual) programming featuring Phoebe - Feebeechanchibii, Mochi Cafe, San Diego Go Club, and an on-site koto performance by Masazumi Kai! Visit niwa.org/cbw for the full schedule details. 🌸 #jfgsd #spring #museumsfromhome Balboa Park

In this lecture, tea shop owner Marino will explore the different types of Japanese tea (from traditional tea  to unique...
03/16/2021

In this lecture, tea shop owner Marino will explore the different types of Japanese tea (from traditional tea to unique tea found in convenience stores or vending machines) and the tea drinking culture that is part of everyday life in Japan. Join us digitally to learn about the tea drinking culture in Japan by visiting https://www.niwa.org/tea-talks! #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #teatalks Balboa Park

In this lecture, tea shop owner Marino will explore the different types of Japanese tea (from traditional tea to unique tea found in convenience stores or vending machines) and the tea drinking culture that is part of everyday life in Japan. Join us digitally to learn about the tea drinking culture in Japan by visiting https://www.niwa.org/tea-talks! #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #teatalks Balboa Park

#cherryblossomseason week 3 update: the trees are looking better than ever and will be blooming more after today's rain!...
03/15/2021

#cherryblossomseason week 3 update: the trees are looking better than ever and will be blooming more after today's rain! The blossoms look a little brown in the image because many buds are sprouting and getting ready to bloom!🌸 The festivities continues with limited edition merch found only here at JFG featuring local artisans creating unique designs for Cherry Blossom Season — online availability coming soon! Visit niwa.org/cbw for more information. #jfgsd #spring2021 Balboa Park
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. 2021 JFG Cherry Blossom Season tee, longsleeve, and sticker .
. Obi bags by The Nest 246 .
. Drawstring bag and stationary by Tsuyosa Creations .
. Bamboo straws and case by Buluh Straws .

The deadline for CSA produce boxes is Friday, March 19! Visit the "Program Partners" section at niwa.org/cbw to reserve ...
03/11/2021

The deadline for CSA produce boxes is Friday, March 19! Visit the "Program Partners" section at niwa.org/cbw to reserve your fresh seasonal fruits and veggies! 🌸🍎🥬

CSA boxes are back! Order your CSA produce box for March 26th pick-up! Fresh seasonal fruits and veggies all from San Diego's local Yasukochi Family Farms. These boxes have been a huge hit & we're excited to offer them to you once more. Head to the "Program Partners" section at niwa.org/cbw to pre-order yours today! #supportlocal #jfgsd #cherryblossomseason Balboa Park

The 2020 Cherry Blossom Week was going to be host to over 40 different vendors, performances, and demonstrations with pa...
03/10/2021

The 2020 Cherry Blossom Week was going to be host to over 40 different vendors, performances, and demonstrations with partners coming from all over the west coast of the USA as well as from Japan! As we are unable to host a Cherry Blossom event at its full capacity, we wanted to continue to provide a space for those partners from 2020 that are unable to be with us this year for the 2021 Cherry Blossom Season.

From all of us at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, thank you for your support and we hope to see you all soon!
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Visit niwa.org/cbw to get to the "Partners We Miss" page. #jfgsd #cherryblossomseason Balboa Park

Address

2215 Pan American Rd E
San Diego, CA
92101

A Balboa Park Shuttle is available to transport people between museums within the park, and from the old Navy Hospital lot to Balboa Park. Free. Un Balboa Park Shuttle está disponible para transportar a personas entre los museos dentro del parque, y del estacionamiento del antiguo Hospital Naval (Navy Hospital) hacia el Parque Balboa. Gratis.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+16192322721

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I've seen long lines to get in, do you have recommendations of best time to visit?
Es un bello y relajante lugar.. It’s a beautiful place..
My trip to the garden.
Hi Friends...?
Sunday morning beautiful day
Abstract stone sculpture
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! Our little girl enjoyed it immensely :)
At first glance, I would have said this is too expensive for a garden and the only reason I went in was that it was a part of my SD Go Card, now I can honestly say that the Japanese friendship garden has a lot to offer than you would expect from a garden. To get the full experience make sure to ask for the audio guide, with the audio guide you will learn about Japanese architecture and history. I especially love the Bonsai collection and the Koi pond and I love them even more after learning their history which is so amazing you wouldn’t believe how much patience is involved…
わたしは なまえば らじぇだ かどか です。
万歳 Banzai to our San Diego Japanese Garden for achieving accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) — the highest national recognition afforded for the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
With Newsom putting out new guidelines that outdoor museums can open in stage 2, will you be opening soon?