Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. It illustrates two cultures and creates 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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In this online Breath Fitness class, we will go over the science of how breathwork can make immediate changes in your ph...
12/08/2020

In this online Breath Fitness class, we will go over the science of how breathwork can make immediate changes in your physiology. You will be guided, with music and sounds of nature, through the latest techniques. You will be able to participate, ask questions, and engage.

We will touch on ancient Japanese breathwork practices.

You will learn to control and enhance your stress level, mood, athletic performance, and immune system.

We will do this by gaining access to:
🧠 Brain Wave Shifts, Endorphins
⚡ Adrenaline, Melatonin Release
🧬 Your Body’s PH (You Will Become More Alkaline)

You will leave class feeling energized and perhaps inspired by how simple natural means can have such a profound impact.

The class will be three parts:
• Discuss and Science
• Breathing Mechanics
• Guided Breathwork
Plus Q & A opportunities afterwards.

Participants need enough space to sit and lay down approximately the size of a yoga mat and should be on camera for the majority of the workshop. Headphones will be useful for guided breathwork portion but are not required.

To register: https://www.niwa.org/breath

As of today (07 December, 2020), JFG will be closed to the public until further notice to abide by current COVID-19 rest...
12/08/2020

As of today (07 December, 2020), JFG will be closed to the public until further notice to abide by current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Fortunately, our digital programming will continue as scheduled! From interactive live streams to demonstrations, we'll continue exploring the digital frontier as an alternative to bring JFG to you, at the comforts of your home. Visit niwa.org/programs for more info and leave a comment letting us know what kind of programming you'd like to see from JFG! #jfgsd #balboapark #museumsfromhome Balboa Park

We are all becoming more and more aware of the impact we have on the environment. The effects of relying on plastics is ...
12/06/2020

We are all becoming more and more aware of the impact we have on the environment. The effects of relying on plastics is polluting our oceans, harming marine and wildlife and ultimately, humans as well. You may not be able to reverse the effects and solve the pollution problem, but you can take steps to minimize your own impact. In this three part lecture series, we will demonstrate, via zoom, on how to make your own soap, common household products, and personal care items. DIY is fun! It also helps reduce the reliance on plastics and chemicals used in everyday products.
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For reigistration and schedule information, visit niwa.org/sustainablediy! #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #sustainability #diy Balboa Park

The final month of JFG's Master Series Virtual Program will be featuring four local organizations that promote a differe...
12/02/2020

The final month of JFG's Master Series Virtual Program will be featuring four local organizations that promote a different aspect of Japanese culture: ikebana (flower arrangement), koi raising and koi ponds, bonsai, and chadō (the way of tea)! All virtual webinars scheduled for this month will be free with online registration at niwa.org/artisans. #jfgsd #artisans #museumfromhome Balboa Park

11/30/2020
Jiu Jutsu at JFG

The class's focus is on Japanese/Ne Waza (grappling) because using leverage principals will ensure practical application regardless of the practitioners' size or strength. More advanced techniques will be added, depending on the participants. The instructor will be using a kimono (gi), and they are encouraged but not necessary. All fitness and experience levels welcome. Learn more at niwa.org/jiujitsu #jfgsd #balboapark #jiujitsu
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Due to restrictions, participants will be using training dummies or grappling with members of their own household.

Did you know JFG provides virtual tours? Each tour is customized to your request. Visit niwa.org/education and book your...
11/25/2020

Did you know JFG provides virtual tours? Each tour is customized to your request. Visit niwa.org/education and book your virtual tour today! #jfgsd #education Balboa Park

Learn more about Japanese lacquer during our upcoming JFG Master Series discussion with Wakashima Hidetaka on Thursday, ...
11/17/2020

Learn more about Japanese lacquer during our upcoming JFG Master Series discussion with Wakashima Hidetaka on Thursday, November 19! Visit niwa.org/artisans for registration information.
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The completion of Wajima lacquerware is achieved after more than 100 different processes. The most important supporting factor in the long history of wajima-nuri is without a doubt the reliability of its technique. Each stage of the production process is carried out by specialist craftsmen in a division of labor at each production stage to accomplish elegant urushiware with a beautiful luster. #jfgsd #MuseumFromHome #artisans Balboa Park

JFG is excited to be hosting a Toy Drive for the month of November in partnership with Promises2Kids! We will be accepti...
11/15/2020
JFG Toy Drive — Japanese Friendship Garden

JFG is excited to be hosting a Toy Drive for the month of November in partnership with Promises2Kids! We will be accepting new & unwrapped toy donations at our Admission Gate till November 30th or if you're planning to attend the Holiday Market on November 17th, you can drop your gifts off at the JFG gift wrapping station! #jfgsd #holiday #toydrive Balboa Park
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All donations made will go to Promises2Kids. Please note handmade toys/food, stuffed animals, and toy weapons will not be accepted.

Strengthen your mind and body in our virtual Karate classes! Our instructor Hanshi M. Miki is a highly decorated karate ...
11/14/2020

Strengthen your mind and body in our virtual Karate classes!

Our instructor Hanshi M. Miki is a highly decorated karate instructor worldwide. Hanshi is the first person outside of Japan to be awarded the 8th degree black belt and has received the prestigious honor of receiving the Hanshi-Go (Grand Mastership) by Soke Kenzo Mabuni, the heir of the founder of Sh*to Ryu, Karate-Do: Kenwa Mabuni.

Introductory classes will focus on the basics of Karate, such as, traditional bowing, stances, blocks, strikes and kicks. After an understanding of these combinations are accomplished, introduction of the first "form", or kata, which further combines these elements into a series of simulated attacks from multiple opponents.

All levels welcome! No experience or Gi is necessary.
Register here: https://www.niwa.org/sh*to-ryu

11/08/2020
Jenny Milkowski TV

Thank you for visiting Jenny Milkowski TV — we hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you with us again! 😀

For more information on the programs Jenny mentioned, visit niwa.org/programs today!

And now, for a nonpolitical post! You're welcome.

I (kinda) tried some Jiu-Jitsu and calming breath work at the Japanese Friendship Garden!

If you've never been inside the garden, you are missing out. It is beautiful and so peaceful > www.niwa.org

November brings us back to back to back programming from our Master Series! We're excited to continue hosting artisans f...
11/08/2020

November brings us back to back to back programming from our Master Series! We're excited to continue hosting artisans from San Diego and Japan that will be sharing their insight of their craft!

Visit niwa.org/artisans for artisan information and registration! #jfgsd #museumfromhome #artisan Balboa Park

Nov. 21st “Sleep and Your Mental Health – How to Improve Poor Sleep”Join us for a Free Talk on Sleep and its Impact on Y...
11/07/2020

Nov. 21st “Sleep and Your Mental Health – How to Improve Poor Sleep”

Join us for a Free Talk on Sleep and its Impact on Your Mental health.
1. Learn About the Behaviors That Can Impact Your Sleep.
2. We Will Discuss and Breakdown the Most Common Myths About Sleep.

3. Learn About What Causes Poor and Disrupted Sleep.

4. Learn Basic Strategies to Improve Your Sleep.
3. Understand How Anxiety and Mental Health Impacts Your Sleep.
4. Learn About the Front-Line Treatments for Insomnia

5. Get free resources for Managing Sleep.


Dec 19th “How to Manage Your Anxiety During the Pandemic”

Are you struggling with increased stress or anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Anxiety and stress are a normal response to a difficult situation. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting everyone in different ways including fluctuations in mood, increased family distress, grief and loss, and difficulty balancing work and family life.


Here is What You Can Expect From the Talk:

1.. Learn About How the Pandemic May be Impacting and Exacerbating Your Anxiety

2. Learn to identify the signs of stress, anxiety, and burnout.
3. Learn About the Building Blocks of Anxiety and Why it is Maintained

4. Learn Practical Skills to Manage Your Stress.

5. Get Free Resources and Referrals for Mental Health Care and Anxiety.

sign up here free: https://www.niwa.org/mindfulness

We’re partnering with our friends at Yasukochi Family Farms by becoming a pick up location for their Community Supported...
11/03/2020

We’re partnering with our friends at Yasukochi Family Farms by becoming a pick up location for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program! Yasukochi’s CSA boxes include seasonal fresh picked fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced from their farms in Oceanside and other local partners — all packaged into one convenient box! Each purchase can also be paired with discounted admission tickets to JFG!

CSA boxes last a week with a Regular box being recommended for 1-3 people and a Jumbo box being recommended for 4-6 people. Your purchase of a CSA box will help the growth of local farmers providing fresh, organic produce and JFG providing engaging programming and collaborations for all to participate.

We’re partnering with our friends at @yasukochifamilyfarms by becoming a pick up location for their Community Supported ...
11/02/2020

We’re partnering with our friends at @yasukochifamilyfarms by becoming a pick up location for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program! The CSA boxes include seasonal fresh picked fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced. Get a head start on your New Years resolution and start eating healthy today! Visit www.niwa.org/csa to purchase your box 🥕 Contactless curbside pick up is November 13 from 12-2pm. See you then!

Strengthen your body and mind with our martial arts classes! Starting November 13th, we will be holding onsite Jiu Jitsu...
10/30/2020

Strengthen your body and mind with our martial arts classes! Starting November 13th, we will be holding onsite Jiu Jitsu classes. Tickets are limited to 10 people and you will be grappling with a dummy or with members of your own household! Click the link below for more details: https://www.niwa.org/jiujitsu

Starting November 18th: We will be holding Traditional Japanese Karate workshop classes virtually via zoom!

Hanshi M. Miki is a highly decorated karate instructor worldwide. Hanshi is the first person outside of Japan to be awarded the 8th degree black belt and has received the prestigious honor of receiving the Hanshi-Go (Grand Mastership) by Soke Kenzo

Mabuni, the heir of the founder of Sh*to Ryu, Karate-Do: Kenwa Mabuni.

Click the link below to learn more about the class and to register: https://www.niwa.org/sh*to-ryu

The Community 1000 Cranes has been completed and is now on display at the Inamori Pavilion! In an effort to support the ...
10/28/2020

The Community 1000 Cranes has been completed and is now on display at the Inamori Pavilion! In an effort to support the recovery of our community, we invited everyone to participate in this activity during the stay at home restrictions. We saw this opportuniuty of creating paper cranes together as a way to promote a sense of solidarity and resilience during these times. Because of you, we collected well over 1000 paper cranes! Thank you to all of our participants and we look forward to the next community project! #jfgsd #balboapark #museumsfromhome #origami #senbazuru

The JFG Okurimono craft kit will solve all your gifting needs! The holiday kit comes with 6 different Japanese crafts an...
10/27/2020
Okurimono — Japanese Friendship Garden

The JFG Okurimono craft kit will solve all your gifting needs! The holiday kit comes with 6 different Japanese crafts and techniques including onamento, suminagashi, kintsugi, kokedama, kumihimo, furoshiki, and all the materials needed to make each one! All tutorials will be hosted live on the JFG Youtube channel on November 22nd. #jfgsd #balboapark #MuseumFromHome #holidays

Saida Taka is our guest for part 5 of the JFG Master Series Virtual Program! Initially being accessible by the wealthy, ...
10/24/2020

Saida Taka is our guest for part 5 of the JFG Master Series Virtual Program! Initially being accessible by the wealthy, stone lanterns were eventually adopted not just as votive lights, but also as more practical lanterns to light the precincts of shrines and temples. Taka Saida is a 5th generation stone smith who will discuss the use of stone lanterns in Japanese gardens. Visit niwa.org/artisans for more info! #jfgsd #museumfromhome #artisan Balboa Park

Learn Japanese, Calligraphy and Haiku with the Japanese Friendship Garden!In some of our Japanese classes, students lear...
10/21/2020

Learn Japanese, Calligraphy and Haiku with the Japanese Friendship Garden!

In some of our Japanese classes, students learn how to make Origami while using Japanese!

More information: https://www.niwa.org/asakatsu

We’re partnering with our friends at Yasukochi Family Farms by becoming a pick up location for their Community Supported...
10/16/2020

We’re partnering with our friends at Yasukochi Family Farms by becoming a pick up location for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program! Yasukochi’s CSA boxes include seasonal fresh picked fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced from their farms in Oceanside and other local partners — all packaged into one convenient box! Each purchase can also be paired with discounted admission tickets to JFG!

CSA boxes last a week with a Regular box being recommended for 1-3 people and a Jumbo box being recommended for 4-6 people. Your purchase of a CSA box will help the growth of local farmers providing fresh, organic produce and JFG providing engaging programming and collaborations for all to participate.

For more information click here: https://www.niwa.org/csa

10/13/2020
Visiting the Japanese Friendship Garden

We're bringing JFG to you — virtually! We've recently started a Youtube channel to highlight specific characteristics found when visiting which help give visitors a better understanding of what makes a Japanese garden unique experience. Let us know what other kind of content you'd like to see from our Youtube channel! #jfgsd #sandiego #MuseumFromHome Balboa Park

For more information on programs, events, exhibits, and more, visit us online at https://www.niwa.org

Join us and the Friends of Balboa Park for their Balboa Park Annual Celebration! This year's event will be held digitall...
10/07/2020

Join us and the Friends of Balboa Park for their Balboa Park Annual Celebration! This year's event will be held digitally, but will still be honoring outstanding contributions and milestone accomplishments by organizations, employees, and volunteers in Balboa Park. Registration is FREE and sponsorships are still available — see you all there!

Register for FREE and attend the virtual 2020 Awards Celebration on 10/16, or support with a sponsorship starting at $375 where Bekker's Catering will deliver a delectable spread to your door the day of the event! The Awards will recognize Balboa Park's shining stars who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the park the Jewel of San Diego. Please sign up today, for free or a sponsorship! https://bit.ly/3iLOC7Z #balboapark #awards #sponsorship #free

Featuring master artisans from Japan and San Diego. JFG's Master Series provides valuable cultural enrichment emphasizin...
10/04/2020

Featuring master artisans from Japan and San Diego. JFG's Master Series provides valuable cultural enrichment emphasizing the Japanese cultural heritage as well as everyday life in Japan and how these practices have reached beyond Japan.

niwa.org/artisans

MANEKI NEKO! Complete JFG's Maneki Neko activity sheet by coloring your own beckoning cat. Enter our giveaway by followi...
10/04/2020
Maneki Neko — Japanese Friendship Garden

MANEKI NEKO! Complete JFG's Maneki Neko activity sheet by coloring your own beckoning cat. Enter our giveaway by following and tagging @jfgsandiego and tagging two other friends when you post your maneki neko creation! One lucky winner will win a maneki neko from JFG's gift shop in honor of the exhibit happening now through November 29, 2020. For more details, visit the link below! #jfgsd #sandiego #neko Balboa Park

The beckoning cat, or maneki neko, is a talisman of good fortune (engimono) and as such attracts happiness, wealth and good fortune, while diverting evil forces. This exhibition is drawn from Mingei International Museum’s collection of over 150 maneki neko donated to the Museum in 2011 by Bay Area...

Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers to help us with our SHICHI-GO-SAN event from November 5th - 8th. Click ...
10/02/2020
Shichi Go San — Japanese Friendship Garden

Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers to help us with our SHICHI-GO-SAN event from November 5th - 8th. Click the link below for more information!
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Traditionally observed on November 15 in Japan, girls who are three and seven years old and boys who are five are dressed in traditional kimonos and brought to the nearby shrines in order to pray for healthy growth and good health. Children will have the opportunity to be dressed in traditional kimonos and photographed in our beautiful garden.

Join us at JFG to celebrate Shichi-Go-San! Traditionally observed on November 15 in Japan, girls who are three and seven years old and boys who are five are dressed in traditional kimonos and brought to the nearby shrines in order to pray for healthy growth and good health. Children will have the op...

JFG's Master Series continues with a discussion on Japanese Tea with Takahiro Okabe! When opening Tea of the Men, LLC, T...
09/25/2020

JFG's Master Series continues with a discussion on Japanese Tea with Takahiro Okabe! When opening Tea of the Men, LLC, Takahiro would only serve one kind of Japanese tea: deep-steamed green tea. Here, he discovered that the best way to make Japanese tea depends on the type being served and went to learn from tea farmers and sellers and practice serving tea until they approved. Registration open now at niwa.org/artisans! 🍵 #jfgsd #museumfromhome #artisan Balboa Park

The beckoning cat, or maneki neko, is a talisman of good fortune (engimono) and as such attracts happiness, wealth, and ...
09/20/2020
Maneki Neko — Japanese Friendship Garden

The beckoning cat, or maneki neko, is a talisman of good fortune (engimono) and as such attracts happiness, wealth, and good fortune, while diverting evil forces. Our friends at Mingei International Museum have their current exhibit in our upper garden Exhibit Hall through November 29, 2020 featuring beckoning cats in a variety of media, including clay, porcelain, stone, papier mȃchė, metal and wood, all crafted in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. #jfgsd #neko #mingei Balboa Park

The beckoning cat, or maneki neko, is a talisman of good fortune (engimono) and as such attracts happiness, wealth and good fortune, while diverting evil forces. This exhibition is drawn from Mingei International Museum’s collection of over 150 maneki neko donated to the Museum in 2011 by Bay Area...

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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.

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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

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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?
Short but sweet virtual tour from 2016
Sat Mar 7...hard to get a new perspective, but I like this pic. Kori S
Very peaceful. Nice way to experience the Japanese culture.
Beautiful morning meditation
Koi Pond
Help us spread the word and join us for 4-days of festival fun. #wakafest150