Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden Museum in San Diego's historic Balboa Park dedicated to Japanese gardening and cultural education
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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 divers

os antecedentes sobre la cultura Japonesa y su legado comunitario atraves de exhibiciones, programas, y la preservación del Jardín estilo Japonés.

Kyoto Dining Experiences! 🥢 The Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum presents Master Series: Taste of Kyoto. We’re brin...
01/08/2024

Kyoto Dining Experiences! 🥢 The Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum presents Master Series: Taste of Kyoto. We’re bringing Japan 🇯🇵 to San Diego through Kyoto cuisine and traditional crafts. Enjoy fine dining experiences with meals artfully designed and prepared by master chefs visiting from Kyoto, Japan. Attend a variety of workshops for the opportunity to work alongside skillful artisans with years of generational knowledge that have honed their craft. JAN 25-JAN 28

Spots are limited, so register to reserve your spot today!

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Experience the relationship between Kyoto’s food culture and traditional crafts through cha kaiseki (traditional Japanes...
12/21/2023

Experience the relationship between Kyoto’s food culture and traditional crafts through cha kaiseki (traditional Japanese multi-course dinner). Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy food from Chef Ozawa and Chef Kimura. Guests who register for January 26 & January 27 will be able to take home handmade Japanese items created just for this special event! ***Included: Ceramic bowl (soryu gama), lacquered wooden soup bowl (tsutsumiasakichi urushi shop), and kyo yuzen furoshiki (sachi manabe). Learn more and register at: www.niwa.org/artisans

🌸VOTE for your favorite design ☑️ 🌸 Swipe to see submissions  #1 through  #5! Voting is open at www.niwa.org/cbcontest 🌸...
12/19/2023

🌸VOTE for your favorite design ☑️ 🌸 Swipe to see submissions #1 through #5! Voting is open at www.niwa.org/cbcontest 🌸 Voting will close on January 7, 2024 at 3pm PST

‼️Please note, votes will only be counted through our website. Don’t miss out!‼️

JFGM Master Series is back this October and November with 4 new opportunities to learn from Japanese artisans. Swipe to ...
10/05/2023

JFGM Master Series is back this October and November with 4 new opportunities to learn from Japanese artisans. Swipe to see the full lineup and register today at www.niwa.org/artisans.

Master Series:
1. Kyoto Cuisine and Craft in Kyoto (Oct 10th)
2. Stone Lantern Walk Tour (Oct 11th)
3. Online Tanzan Sake Brewing Tour and Lecture (Nov 6th)
4. Shimenawa Wreath Making (Nov 11th)

🍧🍙🍤Food Guide 🌸🍱 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival. Swipe to view all of the amazing food coming to JFG on March 10th-12th. D...
03/05/2023

🍧🍙🍤Food Guide 🌸🍱 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival. Swipe to view all of the amazing food coming to JFG on March 10th-12th. Don't miss out, purchase tickets at www.niwa.org/cbw

8:15 Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter will be playing at the UltraStar Cinema Mission Valley on April 12, 2023. For t...
02/28/2023

8:15 Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter will be playing at the UltraStar Cinema Mission Valley on April 12, 2023.
For tickets: https://tinyurl.com/yc3mdwk2

The Japanese Friendship Garden wants to thank everyone for their support as we continue the search for the stolen Chines...
02/27/2023

The Japanese Friendship Garden wants to thank everyone for their support as we continue the search for the stolen Chinese Elm. Along with JFG's Koi Collection, the bonsai are a community favorite. In Japanese culture, bonsai trees symbolize patience, strength, and resilience, which is why the exhibit is an integral component of the museum’s living collection. The comments we have received on Instagram and Facebook verify that the San Diego Community recognizes the value of arts and culture. We’re grateful to the San Diego Bonsai Club who help maintain the exhibit and hope the piece is returned to our museum. The loaned exhibit item is irreplaceable, so any information provided will be a tremendous help and kept confidential. Thank you for your support. Donations can be made at www.niwa.org/exhibitions.

🥺 If you have any information, please call 619-232-2721 or e-mail jfgsd@niwa.org. Thank you.
02/23/2023

🥺 If you have any information, please call 619-232-2721 or e-mail [email protected]. Thank you.

NEW MASTER SERIES! Register for the online lecture, Kyo Yuzen Satoshi Hosoi. Learn about Kyo-yuzen, a dyeing technique t...
02/15/2023

NEW MASTER SERIES! Register for the online lecture, Kyo Yuzen Satoshi Hosoi. Learn about Kyo-yuzen, a dyeing technique that creates colorful, pictorial patterns on a kimono from artisan Satoshi Hosoi. Online Only. Register at www.niwa.org

We're happy to announce that we will be hosting Shinoharu Tatekawa, a famous Japanese Rakugo performer at the Inamori Pa...
02/08/2023

We're happy to announce that we will be hosting Shinoharu Tatekawa, a famous Japanese Rakugo performer at the Inamori Pavilion on February 19th! Thanks to the collaboration of The Japan Foundation and Consulate general of Japan in Los Angeles. Registration and more info at www.niwa.org/rakugo

KANPAI! 🍶🌸 JFG's newest saké program. Just in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival, JFG is teaming up with .girl & hosti...
02/08/2023

KANPAI! 🍶🌸 JFG's newest saké program. Just in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival, JFG is teaming up with .girl & hosting some amazing new saké programs! Head to www.niwa.org/kanpai to learn more about KANPAI Cherry Blossom Edition & KANPAI Saké 101.

🌸The Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the JFG on March 10th-12th! 🌸 We're excited to welcome spring and celebrate the ...
02/02/2023

🌸The Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the JFG on March 10th-12th! 🌸 We're excited to welcome spring and celebrate the annual Japanese tradition of hanami! The garden will host a variety of daily performances, food, vendors and activities for the entire family. There's something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit www.niwa.org/cbw. VIP tickets are available at www.niwa.org/cbtickets. 🌸

Workshop! Register for Shibori Dyeing with Indigo. February 3rd from 10:30am-1:30pm. www.niwa.org
01/30/2023

Workshop! Register for Shibori Dyeing with Indigo. February 3rd from 10:30am-1:30pm. www.niwa.org

🌸 Introducing the new 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival design! 🌸 Congratulations to the winner of the 2023 Cherry Blossom Co...
01/12/2023

🌸 Introducing the new 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival design! 🌸 Congratulations to the winner of the 2023 Cherry Blossom Contest, Allan S. Manzano! 🌸 Thank you to everyone who submitted a design. We are absolutely amazed by the incredible creativity. Thank you to everyone who voted, we love celebrating hanami with everyone. More information about the Cherry Blossom Festival can be found at www.niwa.org/cbw

🌸VOTE for your favorite design ☑️ 🌸 Swipe to see submissions  #10 through  #18! Check previous post for more submissions...
12/20/2022

🌸VOTE for your favorite design ☑️ 🌸 Swipe to see submissions #10 through #18! Check previous post for more submissions. Voting is open at www.niwa.org/cbcontest 🌸 Voting will close on January 9, 2023 at 3pm PST.

🌸VOTE for your favorite design ☑️ 🌸 Swipe to see submissions  #1 through  #9! Check next post for more submissions. Voti...
12/20/2022

🌸VOTE for your favorite design ☑️ 🌸 Swipe to see submissions #1 through #9! Check next post for more submissions. Voting is open at www.niwa.org/cbcontest 🌸 Voting will close on January 9, 2023 at 3pm PST.

JFG Holiday Hours 🍂🍁
12/19/2022

JFG Holiday Hours 🍂🍁

Setsubun is back on February 3, 2023! 👹 JFG is looking for vendors and performers, space is limited. More information is...
12/07/2022

Setsubun is back on February 3, 2023! 👹 JFG is looking for vendors and performers, space is limited. More information is available at www.niwa.org/setsubun

Exciting News! 🌸The Japanese Friendship Garden wants YOU to create the 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival design! 🌸 The contes...
11/21/2022

Exciting News! 🌸The Japanese Friendship Garden wants YOU to create the 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival design! 🌸 The contest winner’s design will be featured on all 2023 Cherry Blossom merchandise, including but not limited to t-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers. JFG loves celebrating hanami with the community and is excited to highlight an artist at it’s largest annual event. Submission Deadline: December 18, 2022 at 3pm PST. Apply at www.niwa.org/cbcontest

We are pleased to announce "Yoh no Bi" Bizen Pottery,  a pop-up pottery exhibit by Hiroyuki Matsui. The exhibition will ...
11/16/2022

We are pleased to announce "Yoh no Bi" Bizen Pottery, a pop-up pottery exhibit by Hiroyuki Matsui. The exhibition will run from November 15th to November 21st. The Japanese Bizen potter, Hiroyuki Matsui will be on-site to give gallery talks. Head to www.niwa.org/exhibitions to learn more and register!

NEW EXHIBIT! JFG presents an exhibition of Japanese multimedia by Osaka born artist, Junko Iwasa. Join the artist for a ...
11/06/2022

NEW EXHIBIT! JFG presents an exhibition of Japanese multimedia by Osaka born artist, Junko Iwasa. Join the artist for a gallery talk on Nov 11th (1:00pm-1:30pm). To sign up for Junko Iwasa's Japanese Wreath Making class, go to www.niwa.org/exhibitions. For more details and admission head to www.niwa.org.

❄️MARK YOUR CALENDARS❄️ The annual JFG Holiday Market is right around the corner! On November 12th come find the perfect...
10/27/2022

❄️MARK YOUR CALENDARS❄️ The annual JFG Holiday Market is right around the corner! On November 12th come find the perfect gift from one of 15 vendors and enjoy delicious food from 6 different food booths!! We can’t wait to see you there! More info at www.niwa.org

🌸New JFG Koi Plushie🌸 Say hello to the newest member of our koi fish family! This plushie is inspired by our beloved koi...
10/25/2022

🌸New JFG Koi Plushie🌸 Say hello to the newest member of our koi fish family! This plushie is inspired by our beloved koi fish and famous Cherry Blossoms! Get yours exclusively at the JFG Gift Shop or online at www.niwa.org.

Garden Snapshots! 🌱🍃 It was a beautiful weekend at the garden! We hope to see you soon!
10/24/2022

Garden Snapshots! 🌱🍃 It was a beautiful weekend at the garden! We hope to see you soon!

Konnichiwa! JFG's new after school program. Give your child the opportunity to learn the different aspects of Japanese c...
08/14/2022

Konnichiwa! JFG's new after school program. Give your child the opportunity to learn the different aspects of Japanese culture. From origami to kamishibai and crafts to wellness, this program has something for everyone! Grades 1-5 & Grades 6-12. Sign-up at www.niwa.org

The Japanese Friendship Garden and Fangaea Con invite you to OTAKU SMASH NIGHT!!! This 21+ ticketed party will be taking...
07/14/2022

The Japanese Friendship Garden and Fangaea Con invite you to OTAKU SMASH NIGHT!!! This 21+ ticketed party will be taking place on Friday, September 2, at the Japanese Friendship Garden! OTAKU SMASH NIGHT welcomes all of our guests to express themselves at this inaugural event, shining a light on the art of Japanese pop-culture! We will have special performances by taiko and by Mochi Maid Cafe! Enter the cosplay contest and win incredible prizes - including tickets to Fangaea 2023, special Japanese inspired prizes, and tickets to this fall's return of the San Diego Ramen Festival! There will be delectable snacks and treats, Japanese sake, and DJs performing live for you to dance! Come with your friends or make new ones at the first ever OTAKU SMASH NIGHT!!!
Tickets available at https://www.niwa.org/otaku

2022 TORO NAGASHI FESTIVAL! 10AM-6PM ON AUGUST 5TH & 6TH! Enjoy the Japanese custom Toro Nagashi, the floating lantern c...
07/12/2022

2022 TORO NAGASHI FESTIVAL! 10AM-6PM ON AUGUST 5TH & 6TH! Enjoy the Japanese custom Toro Nagashi, the floating lantern celebration on Friday and Saturday. JFG will have various performances in addition to 9+ merchant booths for guests to enjoy. Food vendors will be serving in the lower garden and a beer & sake garden will be available in the upper garden exhibit hall on Saturday!

Apply Today! The Genki Outreach Program will offer San Diego Unified School District students an opportunity to particip...
07/11/2022

Apply Today! The Genki Outreach Program will offer San Diego Unified School District students an opportunity to participate in a wellness program. The wellness program is a concept using the therapeutic benefits of a Japanese garden in promoting health and well-being. The Genki Outreach Program is offered at no cost. More info at: www.niwa.org/education

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New Master Series Class! Raku Ware Master Potter: Kyosh*tsu Sasaki/ Shoraku Kiln will be available virtually on June 30t...
06/21/2022

New Master Series Class! Raku Ware Master Potter: Kyosh*tsu Sasaki/ Shoraku Kiln will be available virtually on June 30th at 4pm. Register at niwa.org/artisans

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2215 Pan American Road E
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