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.

Online JFG admissions has always been an easy two-step process! If you're planning to attend the soft reopening this wee...
06/17/2020

Online JFG admissions has always been an easy two-step process! If you're planning to attend the soft reopening this week, purchase or renew your JFG membership today by visiting . Online admissions for the general public will be available on June 18, 2020 at with the full reopening still scheduled for June 22, 2020. Before your next visit, please review the JFG reopening guide at . #jfgsd #balboapark #withlovesandiego

We're ready for reopening! 🥳 We'll be starting with a soft reopening for JFG members only on June 15 and 17 - 21, 2020 (...
06/15/2020

We're ready for reopening! 🥳 We'll be starting with a soft reopening for JFG members only on June 15 and 17 - 21, 2020 (closed on June 16) and a full reopening to the general public on 22 June, 2020. Before your next visit, please review the full JFG reopening guide online at . #jfgsd #balboapark #withlovesandiego

We're ready for reopening! 🥳 We'll be starting with a soft reopening for JFG members only on June 15 and 17 - 21, 2020 (...
06/11/2020

We're ready for reopening! 🥳 We'll be starting with a soft reopening for JFG members only on June 15 and 17 - 21, 2020 (closed on June 16) and a full reopening to the general public on 22 June, 2020. Before your next visit, please review the full JFG reopening guide online at . #jfgsd #balboapark #withlovesandiego

For a list of resources on race and social justice by museums and cultural institutions, view  #museumsarenotneutral #mu...
06/06/2020

For a list of resources on race and social justice by museums and cultural institutions, view #museumsarenotneutral #museums4equality

Flower of the season | Ayame / Kakitsubata 菖蒲Japanese iris, or rabbit-ear iris, is a Japanese species of iris found grow...
05/19/2020

Flower of the season | Ayame / Kakitsubata 菖蒲
Japanese iris, or rabbit-ear iris, is a Japanese species of iris found growing in shallow waters and seems to prefer marshy and still ponds. Can you identify the Japanese iris between these four images? Bonus points for naming all four correctly! Visit niwa.org/living-collection to get a few hints and to view our complete list! #jfgsd #balboapark #sandiego #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumsfromhome

The Japanese Friendship Garden located in Balboa Park continues to explore alternatives to make programs and events (old...
05/18/2020

The Japanese Friendship Garden located in Balboa Park continues to explore alternatives to make programs and events (old and new) accessible to everyone during these times. Many of our weekly programs are now virtual, educational resources are downloadable/printable, and we look to continue with our annual summer events to educate, engage, and inspire people of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy. #jfgsd #balboapark #sandiego #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumsfromhome #camuseumsweek

JFG MEMBER EXCLUSIVE — join your Membership Coordinator, Fernando Ramirez, for the first installment of JFG's "Member Lo...
05/13/2020

JFG MEMBER EXCLUSIVE — join your Membership Coordinator, Fernando Ramirez, for the first installment of JFG's "Member Lounge"! Fernando will host a virtual discussion on living outdoors, knot tying, fire-making, and the basics of staying outside the house. Bring a cup of tea, a clothes line (or rope), and we'll cover the basics of rope tying! #jfgsd #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumfromhome
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Saturday, May 16 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Registration link in our bio under "JFG Virtual Programs"

05/13/2020
Explore Balboa Park

Happy Wednesday! View the Explorer Experience featuring JFG 🤗 For more virtual content featuring Balboa Park and institutions within Balboa Park, visit #jfgsd #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumfromhome

Bringing you a piece of Japanese Friendship Garden to you!🌱

Enjoy this replay of Virtual Explorer Experience with Alexis Abille, Visitor Engagement & Education Coordinator of Japanese Friendship Garden!

For more Virtual Explorer Experience replays, and video from other organizations across the park, go to the Balboa Park TV portal: https://www.balboaparktv.org

Let us know how we're doing! Take a few minutes to help us improve our Virtual Explorer Experiences by completing this survey:https://forms.gle/LVGJ3EaRqmbFtVvw7

If you would like to participate in future live experiences, become a pass holder at explorer.balboapark.org

Thank you for watching!

The San Diego chapter of Ikebana Iternational has been a long time JFG partner! Before the start of our temporary closur...
05/11/2020

The San Diego chapter of Ikebana Iternational has been a long time JFG partner! Before the start of our temporary closure, a member from Ikebana Iternational would come each week to display their arrangement in the Exhibit Hall tokonoma. Ikebana Iternational has stayed active during this time with members creating from home and sharing through their social media outlets. For more information, visit #jfgsd #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumfromhome
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📷 Deborah Warriner | Keiko Schneider | Patricia Fuchs | Patricia Schneider

Hi everyone! This is Alexis (Visitor Engagement & Education Coordinator) taking over today's JFG post! I figured we coul...
04/30/2020

Hi everyone! This is Alexis (Visitor Engagement & Education Coordinator) taking over today's JFG post! I figured we could "switch" it up a little and offer some Japanese garden ideas for Island Design.

Already designed a Japanese garden on your island or incorporating Japanese garden elements? Be sure to tag us and we might share your design with others!

#jfgsd #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumfromhome

Wonderful entry @mingeimuseum ! Our #SunsetReset comes from Mr. Scott Hallock who spent his time taking images around JF...
04/26/2020

Wonderful entry @mingeimuseum ! Our #SunsetReset comes from Mr. Scott Hallock who spent his time taking images around JFG while his daughter was volunteering with us. He provided us wonderful images that are very intentional in what he was trying to capture and this image is a perfect example of that. Many visitors become instantly focused on what they immediately see in front of them and we like to suggest for everyone to take time to slow down and become aware of the small details that can be found when viewing from a different perspective.
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@sdmodelrailroadmuseum, what does your #SunsetReset look like?

Kodomo-no-hi, or Children’s Day, was originally known as Tango-no-Sekku, or Boy’s Day and is traditionally celebrated on...
04/25/2020

Kodomo-no-hi, or Children’s Day, was originally known as Tango-no-Sekku, or Boy’s Day and is traditionally celebrated on May 5th. This national holiday in Japan celebrates the happiness and well-being of all children, and expresses gratitude for mothers. Colorful carp streamers called koinobori and elaborate samurai helmet displays are showcased in and around the house to bring good fortune to the boys in the home. These decorations symbolize courage and strength. They also wish for the boys to grow to be strong and wise. If you celebrate Children's Day, are there any othe traidtions you practice at home? #jfgsd #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumfromhome

Together we stand. We're united with our global community for Giving Tuesday Now on May 5th. Starting next week, we’ll b...
04/23/2020

Together we stand. We're united with our global community for Giving Tuesday Now on May 5th. Starting next week, we’ll be sharing favorite JFG memories from visitors to show how your generosity can support different aspects at JFG. To stay connected, we will continue providing virtual programming and classes (morning wellness programs, “JFG Hangouts”, livestreamed JFG tours, and more) as well as updates on our exhibits and private collections (koi, bonsai, living collection of trees and plants) throughout this stay at home period. Visit for more information on the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign and visit to see how you can help today! #jfgsd #balboapark

Join us on Monday, April 27, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (PST) for our second JGH Hangout where you can learn how to make an ori...
04/22/2020

Join us on Monday, April 27, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (PST) for our second JGH Hangout where you can learn how to make an origami crane! We'll be making paper cranes together as well as sharing some information about the Japanese Friendship Garden Community 1000 Cranes project. This event is free through registration is required - link in bio or visit niwa.org/1000cranes #jfgsd #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumfromhome

Save the date for our first JFG Hangout! Tomorrow from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST), our Exhibits Coordinator will be showing...
04/19/2020

Save the date for our first JFG Hangout! Tomorrow from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST), our Exhibits Coordinator will be showing you all how to create an origami crane, how to participate in our Community 1000 Cranes project, and answering any questions you may have about the project or the JFG collections! This JFG Hangout is free, but registration is required (link in bio)! #jfgsd #jfg1000cranes #balboapark #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego #museumsfromhome
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📷 Pamela Mondala

More JFG educational resources have been uploaded to our website! For all ages, these activities downloadable/printable ...
04/17/2020

More JFG educational resources have been uploaded to our website! For all ages, these activities downloadable/printable and promote observational skills, writing skills, and encourage creativity — link in bio! Be sure to share your completed activities by using #jfgsd 🤗
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Visitor Engagement & Education Department
#museumfromhome #withlovesandiego #sdmuseumsathome

Save the date for next Wednesday, April 22 for our next live JFG tour! With weather permitting, the Instagram livestream...
04/16/2020

Save the date for next Wednesday, April 22 for our next live JFG tour! With weather permitting, the Instagram livestream will start at 11:00 AM for the lower garden 🌲 What else would you like us to livestream about? #jfgsd #balboapark #museumfromhome #sdmuseumsathome #withlovesandiego

San Diego Museum of Art
04/16/2020

San Diego Museum of Art

We are so thrilled to have Valli Reed be a part of #VirtualArtAlive 🌸!

“My design was to show the grace of the Kannon Bosatsu. This is the god/goddess of compassion. I am a hairstylist that studies Ikebana and an instructor for the Ichiyo school of Ikebana.”

Valli applied her floral artistry to interpret the Japanese Friendship Garden's bronze Kannon Bosatsu Statue before the COVID-19 shutdown. Originally made in 1735 by Takumi Obata, this gorgeous cast bronze statue has traveled thousands of miles and even survived Hurricane Katrina in the Middlegate Japanese Garden in Mississippi. Today, the newly restored statue rests in JFG’s lower garden in Balboa Park.

Featured #PublicArt: Kannon Bosatsu Statue Japanese Friendship Garden

#ArtAlive #sdma #BalboaPark #BloomBash2020 #JapaneseFriendshipGarden #TakumiObata #VirtualSDMA #SDMAYourWay

Do you have a special celebration coming soon? The Japanese Friendship Garden has venue spaces for various occasions! Sw...
04/12/2020

Do you have a special celebration coming soon? The Japanese Friendship Garden has venue spaces for various occasions! Swipe through to see how Nancy and Aaron celebrated their wedding day with a ceremony at the lower garden courtyard and an indoor reception at the Inamori Pavilion. Click the link in our bio for more information! #jfgsd
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Do you have a special day or memory at JFG you want to share and have highlighted? E-mail your submission today to
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📷 LEAF Wedding Photography

Swipe through to see the latest images from JFG taken by our horticultural staff! We're fortunate to have them scheduled...
04/06/2020

Swipe through to see the latest images from JFG taken by our horticultural staff! We're fortunate to have them scheduled throughout the week to maintain the garden grounds while following current mandates. The first image highlights the planting of the first camelia apple blossom in JFG! What other plants do you think would fit well with JFG aesthetics? #jfgsd
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📷 BC, Horticultural Department | 2020 April 03

Get a head start on your private event! From weddings and engagement shoots to    birthday celbrations and anniversaries...
04/05/2020

Get a head start on your private event! From weddings and engagement shoots to birthday celbrations and anniversaries, see what JFG can offer for you and your loved ones! Visit the "JFG Private Events" link in our bio to view additional pictures, details of the different venues, and how to submit your JFG private event inquiry today!
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📷 Fangting R Photography - France Photographers - Bauman Photographers - Hoffman Photo - Stephanie Wong - Holly Ireland

The digital stroll of the lower garden can now be viewed as one of our Highlights (found in our profile)! The images bel...
04/03/2020

The digital stroll of the lower garden can now be viewed as one of our Highlights (found in our profile)! The images below are alternative views as there is so much to see and experience in the lower garden. What do you think would be a nice addition to the area? #jfgsd
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📷 JOL, Events & Marketing Department | 17 March, 2020

Our Exhibits & Registrar Department is currently working on digitizing our different collections and having them availab...
04/02/2020

Our Exhibits & Registrar Department is currently working on digitizing our different collections and having them available to view on our website. We've also decided the Kimono exhibit will be extended until July 01, 2020. View the different collections on niwa.org under "Exhibits"! #jfgsd

Our latest Instagram Story features a digital stroll of the upper garden (currently one of our Highlights on our profile...
04/01/2020

Our latest Instagram Story features a digital stroll of the upper garden (currently one of our Highlights on our profile)! Prepared by our Visitor Engagement & Education Department, this digital stroll emulates an upper garden docent tour. Check back soon for the digital stroll of the lower garden and in the meantime, visit niwa.org/eduresources for educational resources!
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📷 JOL, Events & Marketing Department | 17 March, 2020

As we all take the current situation day by day, JFG is also preparing for the day we reopen our doors to the public. In...
03/31/2020
Community 1000 Cranes — Japanese Friendship Garden

As we all take the current situation day by day, JFG is also preparing for the day we reopen our doors to the public. In an effort to support the recovery of our community, JFG invites everyone to participate in a group activity of creating paper cranes to promote a sense of solidarity and resilience during these times.

According to the senbazuru legend, anyone who is able to fold a thousand cranes will be granted a wish. If we come together as one community, reaching thousands of folded cranes is no problem!

Visit the link below for more information and either share your finished paper cranes by commenting below or e-mail images to [email protected] to be added to the online community gallery!

And we're back to sharing blooms around JFG! Today's images show how much the cherry blossom trees changed over the firs...
03/30/2020

And we're back to sharing blooms around JFG! Today's images show how much the cherry blossom trees changed over the first week of March. If you have any images you want to submit and have shared on JFG's Instagram, e-mail your submission to or use #jfgsd 🌸
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📷 Image 1 & 2 by YM, JFG Events & Marketing Department | 01 March, 2020 — Image 3 by Kori Smith | 07 March, 2020

Sometimes, a new perspective can be presented if you just turn around! If you were taking these images at JFG and turned...
03/29/2020

Sometimes, a new perspective can be presented if you just turn around! If you were taking these images at JFG and turned around, what do you think you would see? Today's bonus points go out to the person who can get at least two correct! #jfgsd
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📷 JOL, JFG Events & Marketing Department | 17 March, 2020

03/26/2020
Balboa Park

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A small dose of serenity just for you. 🌸

John Conrad's The Chromatic Ceramic Collection is our current installtion in the upper garden's Exhibit Hall. Swipe thro...
03/25/2020

John Conrad's The Chromatic Ceramic Collection is our current installtion in the upper garden's Exhibit Hall. Swipe through for a preview of his work and be sure to visit for information on Mr. Conrad as well as a digital gallery to view his work at JFG! #jfgsd

For anyone looking for additional educational material, JFG has downloadable options available at  !  We'll be continuin...
03/24/2020

For anyone looking for additional educational material, JFG has downloadable options available at ! We'll be continuing to post images of JFG to our Story and feed as an alternative to "viewing" the upper and lower gardens so if you have any other images of JFG that highlight a specific characteristic rather than certain blooms, feel free to e-mail your submission to or use #jfgsd

JFG is the perfect place for anyone looking to update their social media profile(s) with a new background and for the ph...
03/23/2020

JFG is the perfect place for anyone looking to update their social media profile(s) with a new background and for the photography enthusiast looking for inspiration! Today's bonus point goes to the first person to name the photography technique applied to the image above — extra bonus points go to the person that can name the TWO JFG office staff with a photography background! #cbwsd20
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📷 Katelynn Rowley | 15 March, 2020

Today's images are nice representations of JFG as a "three scene graden".  Bonus points go out to those who can name the...
03/22/2020

Today's images are nice representations of JFG as a "three scene graden". Bonus points go out to those who can name the three scenic landscapes JFG was designed after! Fun fact: JFG is named Sankei-en, which translates to "three scene garden".
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📷 Robert Serocki | In order of images:12 March, 2017 and 07 March, 2015

* UPDATE | 31 March, 2020With no set date on the reopening of city parks or the stay at home mandate being lifted, the J...
03/19/2020
Updates | Cultural Partnership

* UPDATE | 31 March, 2020

With no set date on the reopening of city parks or the stay at home mandate being lifted, the Japanese Friendship Garden will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

For updates on Balboa Park and other cultural institutions, visit https://www.culturalpartnership.org/updates

This internal information page is managed by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership to communicate with Cultural Partnership members and other stakeholders.

Cherry Blossom Week Merchant Vendors wanted! The celebration isn't as fun without the unique gifts and items guest can s...
01/15/2020

Cherry Blossom Week Merchant Vendors wanted! The celebration isn't as fun without the unique gifts and items guest can see and bring home! Merchant vendor space fills quickly so if you or anyone you know may be interested, applications can be found at niwa.org/cbw20 🏵 Also note that JFG will not be accepting food vendor applications.

Cherry Blossom Week Performers wanted! JFG's Inamori Pavilion will be host to cultural performances and live demonstrati...
01/10/2020

Cherry Blossom Week Performers wanted! JFG's Inamori Pavilion will be host to cultural performances and live demonstrations on March 21 and March 22 — and your talent is wanted! If you or anyone you know may be interested, performer applications can be found at niwa.org/cbw20 🎤

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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.

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

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(619) 232-2721

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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
Please is it possible to teach french in Japan?Who has ideas?
I will have two photographs on exhibition at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Until now, all my photography has been for my own enjoyment alone. I hope you will be able to come and share them with me.
#Jeg vil få norsk statsborgerskap Ahmad Ali Ahmad AL-Bihani
I finally made it out to the garden today. There are still a few blooms on the trees :)
Hi! I reviewed the Cherry Blossom Festival at www.hungryones.com