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.

Operating as usual

JFG's latest virtual programming features artisans from Japan and San Diego! Each month, participants will learn various...
09/08/2020

JFG's latest virtual programming features artisans from Japan and San Diego! Each month, participants will learn various techniques and basic understanding of crafts such as Japanese lacquer, creation of tea whisks and more!

September starts off with Ikebana International San Diego and "Matcha Tea Whisks" with Tanimura Tango. Visit the link below for additional information and registration!
www.niwa.org/artisans
#jfgsd #MuseumsFromHome Balboa Park

09/03/2020
JFG Features | Inamori Pavilion

We're taking the next step into the "digital frontier"! As we've been getting positive responses from our Instagram live streams and other virtual programming, we started a Youtube channel last week to create content you can view on demand 🤗

We have a few content ideas floating around, but want to know what kind of content you would like for us to create! Let us know by commenting below and don't forget to subscribe to the JFG Youtube channel! #jfgsd #MuseumsFromHome Balboa Park
https://youtu.be/PahcKTTEQlM

Learn more about the Japanese Friendship Garden's multi-purpose Inamori Pavilion from architect Kotaro Nakamura. . Originally recorded and edited in Septembe...

Virtual JFG programming continues through September! New schedules for our Wellness  Program, Cultural Program, and Sust...
08/20/2020

Virtual JFG programming continues through September! New schedules for our Wellness Program, Cultural Program, and Sustainability Program can all be found at ! #jfgsd #balboapark #museumsfromhome

As an alternative to our annual festivals, the digital Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) was designed to highlight what ma...
08/09/2020

As an alternative to our annual festivals, the digital Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) was designed to highlight what many visitors look for during a festival: FOOD, (ALCOHOLIC) DRINKS, and PERFORMANCES! All scheduled Natsu Matsuri events will be free and live streamed throughout the month of August highlighting local establishments that are growing in popularity with their respective cuisines, refreshments, and talents. Visit niwa.org/natsu for more information 🌞 #jfgsd #balboapark #museumfromhome

To continue our yearly celebration of Obon, we will be creating a toro nagashi community diorama at the upper garden fuj...
08/01/2020

To continue our yearly celebration of Obon, we will be creating a toro nagashi community diorama at the upper garden fujidana! Toro nagashi is a ceremony during Obon where lanterns are sent down a river to guide the souls of those that have passed. As we are unable to host events, we are offering this opportunity as an alternative during the month of August. To participate, make a one time donation of any amount to JFG (niwa.org/donate), include your personal message or dedication in the comment box, and e-mail images to [email protected]. For those unable to visit JFG in person, we’ll be live streaming the diorama on August 15! #balboapark #jfgsd #museumfromhome #obon #toronagashi #summer

Introducing AsaKatsu — JFG’s new members exclusive (virtual) program! AsaKatsu translates to “morning activity” which ma...
07/30/2020

Introducing AsaKatsu — JFG’s new members exclusive (virtual) program! AsaKatsu translates to “morning activity” which many people in Japan participate to help make them more productive for the rest of the day. 💪 Check niwa.org/asakatsu to view the full AsaKatsu schedule or to become a JFG member today! #balboapark #jfgsd #museumfromhome

Upper garden koi pond.niwa.org/koi-collection---Image by Scott Hallock
07/14/2020

Upper garden koi pond.
niwa.org/koi-collection
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Image by Scott Hallock

* UPDATE | 15 June, 2020JFG’s soft reopening for JFG members begins Monday 15 June, 2020.JFG will be closed on 16 June, ...
07/14/2020

* UPDATE | 15 June, 2020

JFG’s soft reopening for JFG members begins Monday 15 June, 2020.JFG will be closed on 16 June, 2020 and reopening for the general public is scheduled on 22 June, 2020.

To view the full guide detailing JFG’s new policies upon reopening, visit .

Join us for the new Summer Series showcasing a stone garden workshop! This virtual workshop provides a behind-the-scenes...
07/10/2020

Join us for the new Summer Series showcasing a stone garden workshop! This virtual workshop provides a behind-the-scenes opportunity of JFG’s stone garden! Paul Johnson maintains JFG's stone garden and will be speaking on the aesthetics and how to build your own mini-stone garden. Activity kits with materials will be available upon request. Contact [email protected]. Registration required and supplies limited. #jfgsd #balboapark #stonegarden
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Stone Garden Workshop (virtual)
Sunday, July 12 | 1:00PM-3:30PM
$25 JFG Member/$30 General
Register @ niwa.org/summer-series

Yukata image from the JFG Artifacts Collection! Yukata is a casual kimono for summer. Traditionally yukata were mostly m...
07/09/2020

Yukata image from the JFG Artifacts Collection! Yukata is a casual kimono for summer. Traditionally yukata were mostly made of indigo-dyed cotton, but today a wide variety of colors and designs are available. Show us your favorite summer outfit(s) by tagging us or using #jfgsd 🌞
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"Imaginary Scene of Actors catching Fireflies: Jewels Shining"
Utagawa Kunisada/ Utagawa Toyokuni III, 1855

*UPDATED July 20, 2020*Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, JFG will be closed on July 21, 2020 and postpone San Diego...
07/07/2020
COVID-19 Notices — Japanese Friendship Garden

*UPDATED July 20, 2020*

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, JFG will be closed on July 21, 2020 and postpone San Diego Residents Free Tuesday until further notice. In addition, JFG will undergo a deep preventive cleaning and disinfecting throughout garden grounds.

The following policies and guidelines listed are reflected from the current guidelines made by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA.

Tanabata returns to JFG on July 07 and July 11! Make your own tanzaku and help decorate JFG to celebrate the meeting of ...
07/01/2020

Tanabata returns to JFG on July 07 and July 11! Make your own tanzaku and help decorate JFG to celebrate the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi! Join us for a special Tanabata edition of Origami Hangouts on July 07 or visit niwa.org/tanabata for more information. #jfgsd #balboapark #tanabata
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About Tanabata: Originating from Chinese folklore, Tanabata is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi. Separated by the Milky Way, the stars Orihime and Hikoboshi are able to meet once per year on the seventh day of the seventh month. Tanzaku is the the more popular decorations associated with Tanabata where people write their wish on a piece of paper and hang it on bamboo in hopes to have the wish granted.

Submit your paper crane(s) today at our front gate to be a part of the Community 1000 Cranes display! Admission is not r...
06/29/2020

Submit your paper crane(s) today at our front gate to be a part of the Community 1000 Cranes display! Admission is not required to submit your paper crane(s) but for submissions of 20 or more, contact Emiko at to schedule a drop off date. More information at . #jfgsd #balboapark
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About the project: To support the recovery of our community, JFG began this project during the stay at home orders and invited anyone interested to create a paper crane for the promotion of solidarity and resilience during these times. Inspired by the senbazuru legend, JFG will be putting together a display made up of all the submissions received for visitors to enjoy.

JFG is now open to the public! 🥳 Purchase your admission online before visiting and use these haikus as a reminder of JF...
06/22/2020

JFG is now open to the public! 🥳 Purchase your admission online before visiting and use these haikus as a reminder of JFG’s reopening policies! For more details, visit ! #jfgsd #balboapark #summer
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Haikus created by RJL.

Help us protect our bonsai trees by donating to reach our $1,000 goal! JFG experienced unfortunate damage to the Bonsai ...
06/20/2020
Bonsai Fundraiser — Japanese Friendship Garden

Help us protect our bonsai trees by donating to reach our $1,000 goal! JFG experienced unfortunate damage to the Bonsai Garden due to a recent break in during our temporary closure. With your help, we hope to raise enough money by June 21, 2020 to create an enclosed area to prevent further damage and vandalism. The planned upgrades and repairs are necessary to ensure our bonsai collection thrives. Your continued support and philanthropy are greatly appreciated, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to JFG!

Flower of the season | Hydrangea - Ajisai - 紫陽花 - あじさいHydrangea is a flowering plant native to Asia and the Americas. By...
06/19/2020

Flower of the season | Hydrangea - Ajisai - 紫陽花 - あじさい

Hydrangea is a flowering plant native to Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably Korea, China, and Japan with color changes based on the pH in the soil. Lower pH will sprout blue hydrangeas and higher pH producing pink hydrangeas.
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JFG location: Upper garden near entrance, lower garden near Inamori Pavilion courtyard, and near lower garden Dragon Bridge. #jfgsd #withlovesandiego

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

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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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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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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
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.