Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama, and illustrating two cultures to create 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 divers

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

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So many talented performers! Join us Saturday, August 7th for our Toro Nagashi Festival. Enjoy a day of live-performance...
07/25/2021

So many talented performers! Join us Saturday, August 7th for our Toro Nagashi Festival. Enjoy a day of live-performances, food, merchant vendors and toro nagashi!! For more info: www.niwa.org #jfgsd

So many talented performers! Join us Saturday, August 7th for our Toro Nagashi Festival. Enjoy a day of live-performances, food, merchant vendors and toro nagashi!! For more info: www.niwa.org #jfgsd

Tuesday the 27th: Make sure to register for our upcoming Tuesday programs! Enjoy a sound mediation class or learn the ar...
07/20/2021

Tuesday the 27th: Make sure to register for our upcoming Tuesday programs! Enjoy a sound mediation class or learn the art of ikebana! Can’t wait to see you there. #jfgsd #ikebana #soundmeditation
https://www.niwa.org/programs

TORO NAGASHI FESTIVAL! Visit the garden on Saturday, August 7th from 10am-5pm. In celebration of Obon, JFG will have mer...
07/15/2021

TORO NAGASHI FESTIVAL! Visit the garden on Saturday, August 7th from 10am-5pm. In celebration of Obon, JFG will have merchant and food vendors, performances and lantern floating in honor of the ancestors. Don’t miss out! More info at niwa.org

TORO NAGASHI FESTIVAL! Visit the garden on Saturday, August 7th from 10am-5pm. In celebration of Obon, JFG will have merchant and food vendors, performances and lantern floating in honor of the ancestors. Don’t miss out! More info at niwa.org

Only a few days left to order your July CSA Box. Great news, we have three additional “add-ons”. JAM - HONEY - CALI OLIV...
07/13/2021

Only a few days left to order your July CSA Box. Great news, we have three additional “add-ons”. JAM - HONEY - CALI OLIVE OIL! Order separately or add them onto your order. niwa.org/CSA #jfgsd

Thank you for supporting and loving our KOI FISH as much as we do! Our koi fish are the jewels of the garden. Want to su...
07/12/2021

Thank you for supporting and loving our KOI FISH as much as we do! Our koi fish are the jewels of the garden. Want to support? Go to niwa.org to sponsor a koi fish for 6 months. In addition to choosing its name, you’ll also receive updates and photos of your koi! Thank you - your support goes a long way. :) #jfgsd #koi

Thank you for supporting and loving our KOI FISH as much as we do! Our koi fish are the jewels of the garden. Want to support? Go to niwa.org to sponsor a koi fish for 6 months. In addition to choosing its name, you’ll also receive updates and photos of your koi! Thank you - your support goes a long way. :) #jfgsd #koi

T​he Japanese Friendship Garden’s (JFG) mission is to educate and engage.​ ​​Therefore​,​ JFG feels it is important to e...
07/10/2021
Protect White Sage | Gabrieleno (Tongva)

T​he Japanese Friendship Garden’s (JFG) mission is to educate and engage.​ ​​Therefore​,​ JFG feels it is important to educate and engage the community on all cultures, in hopes ​to​ uplift people and communities across the world.

JFG encourages you to follow the link below to learn more about the history and extensive plant knowledge of the Kumeyaay people:
http://viejasbandofkumeyaay.org/viejas-community/kumeyaay-history/the-kumeyaay-plant-world/

Below is a​n addition​ link that will deepen your knowledge of white sage​: ​
https://www.gabrieleno-nsn.us/whitesage

​We are grateful for chances to learn and grow​.​ ​W​e thank ​our ​visitors and patrons for growing and learning​ ​alongside us​.

If you ever bought a smudge stick, did you ask the vendor where it came from? Most people don't, including those in indigenous communities. Unfortunately, in the past few years it has come to our attention how white sage is often taken from our land and the land of our Southern California Native nei...

Come and explore the creative versatility of the unpretentious running stitch. In this 3-day workshop, we’ll uncover the...
07/08/2021

Come and explore the creative versatility of the unpretentious running stitch. In this 3-day workshop, we’ll uncover the multicultural translation on cloth of this simple technique. You’ll learn to master traditional patterns as well as explore the possibilities of freehand creative stitching, and apply the skills learned into a fun project. This workshop starts on July 13th and will continue on July 20th and 27th. Visit https://www.niwa.org/stitch for more information!

Tomorrow is the first day of our Tanabata Festival!   What is Tanabata? Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the m...
07/06/2021

Tomorrow is the first day of our Tanabata Festival! What is Tanabata? Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the meeting of deities princess Orihime & Hikoboshi, a cow herder. 💞 They were in love, but were banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way by Orihime’s father, the king of the heaven. Now, the two star-crossed lovers are able to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month. Now we celebrate their love by having the Tanabata festival and making colorful kazari to hang on the bamboo. Come see summer dances, participate in kid’s games, crafts & add your wish to the bamboo.🎋 Bring the family & join JFG to celebrate Tanabata! ⭐️ #jfgsd
Wednesday, July 7th 10am-5pm
Sunday, July 11th 10am-5pm
Minatomo Japanese Community

Tomorrow is the first day of our Tanabata Festival! What is Tanabata? Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the meeting of deities princess Orihime & Hikoboshi, a cow herder. 💞 They were in love, but were banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way by Orihime’s father, the king of the heaven. Now, the two star-crossed lovers are able to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month. Now we celebrate their love by having the Tanabata festival and making colorful kazari to hang on the bamboo. Come see summer dances, participate in kid’s games, crafts & add your wish to the bamboo.🎋 Bring the family & join JFG to celebrate Tanabata! ⭐️ #jfgsd
Wednesday, July 7th 10am-5pm
Sunday, July 11th 10am-5pm
Minatomo Japanese Community

Don’t miss out on amazing produce! 🍓 🥦🍊 Pre-order now and pick-up on July 27th. All of the produce comes directly from @...
07/01/2021

Don’t miss out on amazing produce! 🍓 🥦🍊 Pre-order now and pick-up on July 27th. All of the produce comes directly from @yasukochifamilyfarms ! Thank you for supporting local farms! Order at niwa.org/csa #jfgsd #jfgsandiego

Don’t miss out on amazing produce! 🍓 🥦🍊 Pre-order now and pick-up on July 27th. All of the produce comes directly from @yasukochifamilyfarms ! Thank you for supporting local farms! Order at niwa.org/csa #jfgsd #jfgsandiego

Join us for an Instagram LIVE wellness chat with psychologist Dr. Feinberg - discussing all things anxiety 🌿 June 23rd a...
06/14/2021

Join us for an Instagram LIVE wellness chat with psychologist Dr. Feinberg - discussing all things anxiety 🌿 June 23rd at 5:30 PM. #jfgsd #wellness

Join us for an Instagram LIVE wellness chat with psychologist Dr. Feinberg - discussing all things anxiety 🌿 June 23rd at 5:30 PM. #jfgsd #wellness

Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the meeting of Orihime & Hikoboshi  💞 Come see summer dances, participate in ...
06/11/2021

Tanabata is an annual festival celebrating the meeting of Orihime & Hikoboshi 💞 Come see summer dances, participate in kid’s games, crafts & add your wish to the bamboo 🎋 Bring the family & join JFG and @minatomo.jp in celebrating Tanabata on July 7th & 11th. For more information head to niwa.org/tanabata #jfgsd #tanabata

We appreciate your support!  Please take this survey and choose the Japanese Friendship Garden as one of your favorite p...
06/07/2021

We appreciate your support! Please take this survey and choose the Japanese Friendship Garden as one of your favorite places to take kids in the San Diego area! Voting ends July 1, 2021.

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We appreciate your support! Please take this survey and choose the Japanese Friendship Garden as one of your favorite places to take kids in the San Diego area! Voting ends July 1, 2021.

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Free survey created by KidsOutAndAbout.com

SHINRA BANSHOU: ALL THINGS IN NATURE A new virtual program - June 19, 20214:00 PM - 5:00 PMIn Japan, there is an ancient...
05/23/2021

SHINRA BANSHOU: ALL THINGS IN NATURE
A new virtual program - June 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In Japan, there is an ancient belief that gods dwell in all things unique to Japan. The idea is that all things are created by gods, and that all of them have their own spirits. It is said that the national character of Japan, with its changing seasons and accompanying rich nature, gave birth to the idea of worshiping nature itself as if it were a god. It was believed that the gods came down through nature....

Presented By: RIKU SHINSAKU

https://www.niwa.org/allthingsinnature

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Japanese Friendship Garden? Email volunteer@niwa.org for more information and ...
05/23/2021

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Japanese Friendship Garden?
Email [email protected] for more information and orientations.

Upcoming events: Tanabata & Obon
Garden opportunities: Garden Assistant & Composting Volunteer

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Japanese Friendship Garden?
Email [email protected] for more information and orientations.

Upcoming events: Tanabata & Obon
Garden opportunities: Garden Assistant & Composting Volunteer

NEW JFG PROGRAM ALERT! UP-CYCLED COSPLAY (Virtual):Did you know many of your household recyclables could have another li...
05/18/2021

NEW JFG PROGRAM ALERT!
UP-CYCLED COSPLAY (Virtual):
Did you know many of your household recyclables could have another life in cosplay? Learn how to easily make fun accessories and costumes with things you see (and throw away) everyday - from soda pull tabs to cardboard to your old window curtains. Whether you’re into cosplay, up-cycling, or just want to learn something new, we’d love to see you there!"

May 29th
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Register at niwa.org/cosplay

Private Events & Photoshoots at The Japanese Friendship Garden. Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa ...
05/13/2021

Private Events & Photoshoots at The Japanese Friendship Garden.

Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a truly beautiful venue. The lush trees and tall bamboo provide a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for private events and photoshoots.

Click the link for more information:
https://www.niwa.org/overview

Photo Credit: @domonick_kotas

Private Events & Photoshoots at The Japanese Friendship Garden.

Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a truly beautiful venue. The lush trees and tall bamboo provide a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for private events and photoshoots.

Click the link for more information:
https://www.niwa.org/overview

Photo Credit: @domonick_kotas

May 10, 2021 - Kyocera Cherry Tree Planting CeremonyIt is always an honor to host our guests from Kyocera.The cherry blo...
05/12/2021

May 10, 2021 - Kyocera Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony
It is always an honor to host our guests from Kyocera.

The cherry blossom trees were planted in commemoration of:
Asa “Arthur” Jonishi, co-founder of Kyocera International, Inc., who turned 100 on April 25; Keisuke “Kasey” Hasegawa, President (Retired) of Kyocera International, Inc., who passed away in January; and the 50th Anniversary of Kyocera’s U.S. Manufacturing on May 2, 2021.

May 10, 2021 - Kyocera Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony
It is always an honor to host our guests from Kyocera.

The cherry blossom trees were planted in commemoration of:
Asa “Arthur” Jonishi, co-founder of Kyocera International, Inc., who turned 100 on April 25; Keisuke “Kasey” Hasegawa, President (Retired) of Kyocera International, Inc., who passed away in January; and the 50th Anniversary of Kyocera’s U.S. Manufacturing on May 2, 2021.

JFG  is excited to announce the Sustainability Ambassador Program for San Diego County high school students! In line wit...
05/04/2021

JFG is excited to announce the Sustainability Ambassador Program for San Diego County high school students! In line with doing our part to create a healthy and sustainable environment for our planet, guests, staff and volunteers, ambassadors will collect and analyze data and be involved in special projects to reduce green waste and create solutions to repurpose other miscellaneous waste generated in the garden. This is an unpaid 6 month commitment for students wanting to build their resume and learn more of green practices. Visit: https://www.niwa.org/jfgambassador for information on how to apply!

JFG is excited to announce the Sustainability Ambassador Program for San Diego County high school students! In line with doing our part to create a healthy and sustainable environment for our planet, guests, staff and volunteers, ambassadors will collect and analyze data and be involved in special projects to reduce green waste and create solutions to repurpose other miscellaneous waste generated in the garden. This is an unpaid 6 month commitment for students wanting to build their resume and learn more of green practices. Visit: https://www.niwa.org/jfgambassador for information on how to apply!

JFG will officially be offering CSA boxes in collaboration with Yasukochi Family Farms every other month through 2021! T...
04/26/2021
Japanese Friendship Garden

JFG will officially be offering CSA boxes in collaboration with Yasukochi Family Farms every other month through 2021! The next CSA box pick-up date is May 25th between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM! Order deadline for both regular and jumbo boxes is May 18th — visit www.niwa.org to reserve yours today! #jfgsd #farmfresh

An expression of friendship between San Diego and Yokohama illustrating two cultures and creating a unique experience into Japanese culture.

Learn about the craft beer scene in Japan! Hata-san is the owner of Repubrew, a Shizuoka, Japan owned brewery in the hom...
04/25/2021
A Craft Beer Discussion and Demonstration — Japanese Friendship Garden

Learn about the craft beer scene in Japan! Hata-san is the owner of Repubrew, a Shizuoka, Japan owned brewery in the home town of Mt. Fuji! In this virtual lecture, you will learn the history of his brewery, be given a virtual tour of where the beer is made, and shown a demonstration! Tune in virtually to say ”Kampai!” (cheers) to the staff over at Repubrew! Visit niwa.org/repubrew to register today! #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #craftbeer Balboa Park

Learn about the craft beer scene in Japan! Hata San is the owner of Repubrew, a Shizuoka, Japan owned brewery in the home town of Mt. Fuji! In this virtual lecture, you will learn the history of his brewery, be given a virtual tour of where the beer is made, and shown a demonstration! Tune in virtua...

The healing power of sound has been an important part of human civilizations dating back as long ago as 40,000 years.  S...
04/06/2021
Sound Meditation — Japanese Friendship Garden

The healing power of sound has been an important part of human civilizations dating back as long ago as 40,000 years. Sound healing uses therapeutic frequencies to gently balance the body and soothe the mind by lowering brainwaves to the deeply restorative alpha and theta states.

This class is scheduled for April 27 at 9:00 AM at JFG where the natural beauty of the garden paired with sound from crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, chimes, gongs, drums and other sound tools will bathe listeners in a rejuvenating, multi-sensory experience! #jfgsd #soundmeditation Balboa Park

The healing power of sound has been an important part of human civilizations dating back as long ago as 40,000 years. Sound healing uses therapeutic frequencies to gently balance the body and soothe the mind by lowering brainwaves to the deeply restorative alpha and theta states. When the frequency....

Reiki returns to JFG in April! Reiki is a holistic wellness method for body and mind. It was developed in Japan by Mikao...
03/30/2021
Reiki — Japanese Friendship Garden

Reiki returns to JFG in April! Reiki is a holistic wellness method for body and mind. It was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui sensei in the 1920s, and in recent years has gained tremendous popularity around the world. During a Reiki session, the client is usually lying (fully clothed) on a massage table, and a practitioner places his or her hands on the client's body promoting the movement of Ki (the life force energy) and thus facilitating the natural self-healing. Reiki is very gentle, yet effective healing art, and it usually feels very relaxing. #jfgsd #wellness Balboa Park
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Due to current restrictions and guidelines, appointments are on a 1-1 basis with the instructor meaning that only one person per hour can book a session!

Reiki is a holistic wellness method for body and mind. It was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui sensei in the 1920s, and in recent years has gained tremendous popularity around the world. During a Reiki session, the client is usually lying (fully clothed) on a massage table, and a practitioner places...

#cherryblossomseason finale: as the cherry blossom petals begin to fall and the trees start to leaf, all of us at JFG wa...
03/29/2021

#cherryblossomseason finale: as the cherry blossom petals begin to fall and the trees start to leaf, all of us at JFG wanted to thank you all for the continued support that we have received since March 2020. The brief flourish of cherry blossoms are a reminder that special moments and experiences in life are just as fleeting. Currently, there are still some trees with an abundant amount of blooms remaining and to cap off this year's Cherry Blossom Season, we will be having A Virtual Kampai! To The Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 on our Instagram with our friends from Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. on Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00 PM (PST)!
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Visit https://www.settingsunsake.com/product/sakura-sake-special/ for more information on their "Sakura Sale Special" 🍶 #jfgsd #museumsfromhome #sake Balboa Park

As an organization embracing cultural exchange between folks of all backgrounds, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in...
03/26/2021

As an organization embracing cultural exchange between folks of all backgrounds, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park condemns the acts of gun violence and anti-Asian racism that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021. JFG extends our condolences and grieves for those that lost a family member, friend, and community member that day and wish a safe mental and physical recovery to those that were wounded.
JFG continues to stand by our statement made on June 5, 2020 and since, has been discussing with board members and staff, community organizations, and our neighbors in Balboa Park ways to further promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and the call to ending racial discrimination and hate. JFG will continue to work tirelessly to improve as a community leader that bridges equity and cultural divides.
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park calls on our local and national leaders to condemn anti-API violence and to actively find solutions to shield our community from further hate and violence. We call on San Diegans to stand united against all forms of hate and violence towards marginalized communities.
For resources available to the API community visit www.pacarts.org/sdapicoalition/api-resources
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#stopasianhate @balboapark

As an organization embracing cultural exchange between folks of all backgrounds, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park condemns the acts of gun violence and anti-Asian racism that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021. JFG extends our condolences and grieves for those that lost a family member, friend, and community member that day and wish a safe mental and physical recovery to those that were wounded.
JFG continues to stand by our statement made on June 5, 2020 and since, has been discussing with board members and staff, community organizations, and our neighbors in Balboa Park ways to further promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and the call to ending racial discrimination and hate. JFG will continue to work tirelessly to improve as a community leader that bridges equity and cultural divides.
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park calls on our local and national leaders to condemn anti-API violence and to actively find solutions to shield our community from further hate and violence. We call on San Diegans to stand united against all forms of hate and violence towards marginalized communities.
For resources available to the API community visit www.pacarts.org/sdapicoalition/api-resources
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#stopasianhate @balboapark

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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 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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I've seen long lines to get in, do you have recommendations of best time to visit?
Es un bello y relajante lugar.. It’s a beautiful place..
My trip to the garden.
Hi Friends...?
Sunday morning beautiful day
Abstract stone sculpture
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.