Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden JFG WINTER HOURS (Nov 4, 2019 - Mar 8, 2020) | 10:00am - 6:00pm, last admission at 5:00pm JFG Summer Hours (Mar 9, 2020 - Nov 1, 2020) | 10:00am - 7:00pm, last admission at 6:00pm For EARLY GARDEN CLOSURES: niwa.org/early-garden-closures
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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.

Pick up a San Diego Museum Month pass at participating San Diego area libraries, Macy’s stores,or Hilton hotels to recei...
01/30/2020

Pick up a San Diego Museum Month pass at participating San Diego area libraries, Macy’s stores,
or Hilton hotels to receive half-price admission to more than 40 other institutions during February 1-29, 2020.

Visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org for details.

We're about 2 months away from Cherry Blossom Week —see below for information on how to get involved as a volunteer duri...
01/26/2020

We're about 2 months away from Cherry Blossom Week —see below for information on how to get involved as a volunteer during this annual event!

Cherry Blossom Week Volunteers wanted! Returning to JFG for the 15th year in a row (and the second year becoming a week long celebration), Cherry Blossom Week is the biggest spring celebration in San Diego — and we need your help! Visit niwa.org/cbw20 volunteer information and more! 🌸

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 🎤

Cherry Blossom Week Volunteers wanted! Returning to JFG for the 15th year in a row (and the second year becoming a week ...
01/08/2020

Cherry Blossom Week Volunteers wanted! Returning to JFG for the 15th year in a row (and the second year becoming a week long celebration), Cherry Blossom Week is the biggest spring celebration in San Diego — and we need your help! Visit niwa.org/cbw20 volunteer information and more! 🌸

Just got engaged or know someone who has? With two unique venues in the heart of Balboa Park, JFG is the perfect wedding...
01/03/2020

Just got engaged or know someone who has? With two unique venues in the heart of Balboa Park, JFG is the perfect wedding location to celebrate!

Visit us online today at niwa.org/overview for more information and images!

📷: France Photographers

— JOIN OUR LEGENDARY YAKISOBA ARMY —During December Nights, the JFG entrance plaza turns into a pop-up restaurant that's...
11/10/2019
December Nights Volunteer Headquarters — Japanese Friendship Garden

— JOIN OUR LEGENDARY YAKISOBA ARMY —
During December Nights, the JFG entrance plaza turns into a pop-up restaurant that's run by our staff and volunteers. Between our famed yakisoba chefs, assembly crew, cashiers, and drink handlers, we wow the crowds with quick service and delicious foods. It's a thrilling way to knock out community service hours and make some new friends in the process!

For more information, visit niwa.org/dn-volunteer-hq

The Inamori Pavilion is the perfect setting your next holiday party! The lush trees and water features provide a uniquel...
11/06/2019

The Inamori Pavilion is the perfect setting your next holiday party! The lush trees and water features provide a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for corporate receptions, proms, and more. Visit niwa.org/overview for more information!

Upper garden, koi pond | Image by Dominic Nepomuceno
10/21/2019

Upper garden, koi pond | Image by Dominic Nepomuceno

JFG is proud to present an exhibition of Japanese fiber artist Maki Ishiwata from the Chiba prefecture. Since returning ...
10/13/2019

JFG is proud to present an exhibition of Japanese fiber artist Maki Ishiwata from the Chiba prefecture. Since returning to Japan in 2007, and under the influence of her mother who worked with the lore of the traditional Japanese handmade paper (washi), Ishiwata became deeply charmed by its beauty and started to create original “plant figures” using washi. For more information, visit niwa.org/exhibits-list/ishiwata

Thank you for all your support throughout the years! #taikolove 🌸🌸🌸
10/10/2019

Thank you for all your support throughout the years! #taikolove 🌸🌸🌸

The #TaikoLove day 10 theme today is Sakura. We have multiple photos for 🌸 one of our fave seasons:

1 - Cherry blossom gig at the Japanese Friendship Garden 📸: Brian Zeigler

2 - Photo of Chris, Amy & Eien in a rare, once in a lifetime treat: Watching Wakayama Shachu play on the first day of Japan’s fiscal year in 2019, the day the new era 'reiwa' was announced. Coincided with the full bloom.

3 thru 4 - Jack San’s beautiful Sakura photos from Sado Island in Japan.

Nen Daiko #sakura #sakuraseason #cherryblossom #sandiegotaiko

The Ohara School of Ikebana, La Jolla Chapter will have a two-day exhibition from October 19 - 20, 2019 in JFG's Exhibit...
10/08/2019

The Ohara School of Ikebana, La Jolla Chapter will have a two-day exhibition from October 19 - 20, 2019 in JFG's Exhibit Hall showcasing a variety of exquisite ikebana arrangement made by their students.

For more information on the Ohara School of Ikebana, La Jolla, you can visit them online at oharaikebanalajolla.org

We've taken various steps to start composting here at JFG in our efforts in becoming a "greener" venue and we are curren...
10/07/2019

We've taken various steps to start composting here at JFG in our efforts in becoming a "greener" venue and we are currently looking for dedicated composting volunteers! For more information, visit niwa.org/volunteer

For more information, visit niwa.org/martialarts
10/07/2019

For more information, visit niwa.org/martialarts

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park is to develop a traditional Japanese garden as a center to ...
09/25/2019

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park is to develop a traditional Japanese garden as a center to educate, engage, and inspire people of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy.

For more information, visit niwa.org

For more information, visit niwa.org/sdsake !
09/19/2019

For more information, visit niwa.org/sdsake !

See you all soon and don't forget to visit our friends at the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Man!
08/20/2019
Balboa Park

See you all soon and don't forget to visit our friends at the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Man!

Residents Free Day- 8/20: San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Man & Japanese Friendship Garden for 景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, Fluctuation

Free for San Diego City & County residents with ID, active duty military & their dependents.

Timken Museum of Art is always free!

Residents Free info: balboapark.org/residents-free

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, FluctuationYoichi Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective repres...
08/19/2019

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, Fluctuation

Yoichi Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective representations choosing to express his feeling about the beauty of nature, the phenomenon of light, and atmospheric changes.

Through Sunday October 27, 2019 at JFG's Exhibition Hall.

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, FluctuationYoichi Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective repres...
08/19/2019

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, Fluctuation

Yoichi Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective representations choosing to express his feeling about the beauty of nature, the phenomenon of light, and atmospheric changes.

Through Sunday October 27, 2019 at JFG's Exhibition Hall.

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, FluctuationYoichi Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective repres...
08/19/2019

景色 (Keshiki) - Light, Air, Fluctuation

Yoichi Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective representations choosing to express his feeling about the beauty of nature, the phenomenon of light, and atmospheric changes.

Through Sunday October 27, 2019 at JFG's Exhibition Hall.

Japanese Friendship Garden's cover photo
08/05/2019

Japanese Friendship Garden's cover photo

Maps for both days of this year's Bon Odori Festival are available online at niwa.org/odori ! Be sure to check out the p...
07/29/2019

Maps for both days of this year's Bon Odori Festival are available online at niwa.org/odori ! Be sure to check out the performance schedules and merchant vendor listing to plan your visit accordingly!

The festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion where it will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes and t...
07/26/2019

The festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion where it will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes and taiko will fill the air, and dance leaders in traditional kimono will guide participants into a large dance circle!

Toro nagashi is a common practice during Bon Odori and guests will be able to create and commemorate their own lantern t...
07/24/2019

Toro nagashi is a common practice during Bon Odori and guests will be able to create and commemorate their own lantern to either take home or set afloat at JFG! Lanterns will be sold at JFG's Inamori Pavilion on a first come, first serve basis until 5:00 PM on August 2nd.

Join us for the 5th annual Bon Odori Festival on August 2nd and August 3rd! Visit niwa.org/odori for performance schedul...
07/21/2019

Join us for the 5th annual Bon Odori Festival on August 2nd and August 3rd! Visit niwa.org/odori for performance scheduling, vendor listing, and more!

For more information, visit niwa.org/odori
07/08/2019

For more information, visit niwa.org/odori

Our performance schedule for the inaugural Tanabata Festival is set with a variety of performances and demonstrations fo...
06/17/2019

Our performance schedule for the inaugural Tanabata Festival is set with a variety of performances and demonstrations for guests to participate in! Visit niwa.org/tbfperformers for the full line up!

The Minatomo Japanese Community is made up of active individuals who enjoy supporting local events and introducing diffe...
06/16/2019

The Minatomo Japanese Community is made up of active individuals who enjoy supporting local events and introducing different aspects of Japanese culture. We're greatful to be partnering with them to bring the first Tanabata Festival in San Diego and be sure to greet them at the activity booths!

This week, we will be presenting an Ikebana created from unconventional materials. One of the students from our weekly I...
06/13/2019
Ikebana — Japanese Friendship Garden

This week, we will be presenting an Ikebana created from unconventional materials. One of the students from our weekly Ikebana classes created an arrangement from copper wiring, a leaf, and scattered flower petals.

As you can see, Sogetsu Ikebana as an art form that allows individuals the freedom to utilize any materials surrounding them!

This past Saturday, the Japanese Friendship Garden is proud to announce our second successful launch of our Cooking Work...
06/12/2019
Wa-Shokuiku Cooking Workshop — Japanese Friendship Garden

This past Saturday, the Japanese Friendship Garden is proud to announce our second successful launch of our Cooking Workshop. This class theme was Ramen. This class explored an were able to try out different flavors of ramen: Shio, Shoyu, Miso, Tan Tan. Each student was able to customize each ramen to his/her own taste. Join us for our next class on June 22!

Get your festival pass for the inaugural Tanabata Festival at JFG! All online pre-sale tickets include a festival pass -...
06/10/2019

Get your festival pass for the inaugural Tanabata Festival at JFG! All online pre-sale tickets include a festival pass - visit niwa.org/tanabata for more info!

Look at what our marvelous Ikebana students are creating!Ikebana classes are on Tuesdays at JFG! View images of our Ikeb...
06/05/2019
Ikebana — Japanese Friendship Garden

Look at what our marvelous Ikebana students are creating!

Ikebana classes are on Tuesdays at JFG! View images of our Ikebana class and visit our Ikebana page!

Meet Our Instructor Yumi Rakers is a certified instructor of Ikebana in the Sogetsu-ryu school and has 34 years of experience.

Are you a fan of J-Pop? Help JFG with their upcoming exhibit inspired by Japanese pop music by taking the survey below a...
06/04/2019
Japanese Friendship Garden J-pop Exhibit Guest Survey

Are you a fan of J-Pop? Help JFG with their upcoming exhibit inspired by Japanese pop music by taking the survey below and sharing it with other J-Pop fans!

Japan is one of the most modern countries in Asia and is still able to keep many traditions and aesthetics among the influences from other parts of the world. J-Pop is one aspect of Japanese culture where the music is deeply associated with visual culture such as anime, fashion, and art making J-Pop an accessible platform. JFG hopes to use the same platform to expand global communities and international exchange.

Are you a fan of J-Pop? Help the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) with their upcoming exhibit inspired by Japanese pop music by taking this survey and sharing it with other J-Pop fans! Japan is one of the most modern countries in Asia and is still able to keep many traditions and aesthetics among th...

Starting off June with our Chanoyu (tea ceremony) demonstrations and new cooking classes! For more information on our up...
06/02/2019
Programs & Events — Japanese Friendship Garden

Starting off June with our Chanoyu (tea ceremony) demonstrations and new cooking classes! For more information on our upcoming programs and a full listing of what's offered, visit niwa.org/programs-classes

Congratulations to our recent Chanoyu Class!!! "Chanoyu, or the Way of Tea, is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for ...
05/16/2019

Congratulations to our recent Chanoyu Class!!!

"Chanoyu, or the Way of Tea, is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for the refinement of oneself through the study and preparation of matcha tea. One of the pillars of Japanese traditions, Chanoyu was created by Sen no Rikyu 400 years ago. Through the mastering of these four principles: Wa-Harmony, Kei-Respect, Sei-Purity and Jaku-Tranquility, the practitioner gains an understanding and appreciation of everyday activities."

For information on upcoming dates, visit niwa.org/chanoyu

Japanese Friendship Garden
05/09/2019

Japanese Friendship Garden

Throughout the month of May, we'll be highlighting our various regularly scheduled programs! From morning  classes to in...
05/09/2019

Throughout the month of May, we'll be highlighting our various regularly scheduled programs! From morning classes to interactive workshops, there will be something for everyone!

This past Saturday we had an energetic group of students show up for the kokedama workshop! Student were able to explore creating kokedama with succulents and twine. Enrich your experience with art that is 100% from NATURE!

For more information and the complete listing of classes, visit niwa.org/kokedama

The #BigExchange is your all-access arts and culture pass in May! From May 1-18, members of participating @gomuseums mem...
04/30/2019

The #BigExchange is your all-access arts and culture pass in May! From May 1-18, members of participating @gomuseums member organizations receive reciprocal admission to more than 30 museums in #SanDiego county!

Click the link in our bio for more info!

Each summer, institutions across the USA participate as a Blue Star Museum which offer free admission to active duty mil...
04/30/2019

Each summer, institutions across the USA participate as a Blue Star Museum which offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families!

More information can be found online at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

Looking to gain experience in the non-profit industry, museum settting, or office setting? View what JFG currently has a...
04/30/2019

Looking to gain experience in the non-profit industry, museum settting, or office setting? View what JFG currently has available at niwa.org/internships

Upper garden, koi pond | Image by Dominic Nepomuceno
04/29/2019

Upper garden, koi pond | Image by Dominic Nepomuceno

The San Diego Guitar Festival returns to the Inamori Pavilion featuring the San Diego debuts of three top international ...
04/03/2019

The San Diego Guitar Festival returns to the Inamori Pavilion featuring the San Diego debuts of three top international concert guitarists: Bokyung Byun, Jiji, and Alexandra Iranfar!

For ticketing and artist information, visit niwa.org/sdgf

The San Diego Guitar Festival returns to the Inamori Pavilion featuring the San Diego debuts of three top international ...
04/03/2019

The San Diego Guitar Festival returns to the Inamori Pavilion featuring the San Diego debuts of three top international concert guitarists: Bokyung Byun, Jiji, and Alexandra Iranfar!

For ticketing and artist information, visit niwa.org/sdgf

The San Diego Guitar Festival returns to the Inamori Pavilion featuring the San Diego debuts of three top international ...
04/03/2019

The San Diego Guitar Festival returns to the Inamori Pavilion featuring the San Diego debuts of three top international concert guitarists: Bokyung Byun, Jiji, and Alexandra Iranfar!

For ticketing and artist information, visit niwa.org/sdgf

Presenting the San Diego debut of three of the top international concert guitarists; Bokyung Byun, featuring contemporar...
04/02/2019

Presenting the San Diego debut of three of the top international concert guitarists; Bokyung Byun, featuring contemporary and traditional repertoire for guitar, Jiji, playing on classical and electric guitar, and Alexandra Iranfar, singing a variety of songs for voice and guitar.

Ticket information online at niwa.org/sdgf

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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 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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(619) 232-2721

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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