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MAR/APR 2014


Dear Members and Friends: We are looking forward to the arrival of spring with our blooming Cherry trees and the rich color and fragrance of the Wisteria, Camellias, and Azaleas. The warm temperature is quite unusual but look out for springlike patterns. The Cherry trees are forming tiny buds ready to open- well timed to the festival. Additional pines and evergreens have been planted.
















Volunteer Spotlight, Professor Tierney 100th Year Anniversary, Collectors in San Diego


Garden of Unity Documentary and Kickstarter,Membership Tea, Annual Cherry Blossom Festival


Calendar & Class Schedule


Donation Summary & New Members

Cherry Buds In Early Bloom

The construction for the Inamori Pavilion is well underway. With the start of the footing and framing of the building, we are excited for the progress of the Inamori Pavilion. We wait with great anticipation for its completion in December 2014 in concert with the kick-off for the 100 year celebration of Balboa Park. The Garden brings subtle changes every week. We hope you set yourself a goal of appreciating the changes and enjoying spring in the Garden as a new blooming season begins.



olunteer Spotlight

Did you know the Japanese Friendship Garden partners with community organizations that bring their clients to volunteer and relax in the welcoming garden environment? This month we would like to highlight Easter Seals of National City, Living Independent is For Everyone (LIFE), and Employment and Community Options. Each organization is


ollector’s in San Diego March 20 -June 1, 2014

The JFGSD is excited to once again host the “Collector’s in San Diego” exhibition series, which highlights an array of unique objects from the private collection of our local community. Running on its fourth year, this year’s exhibition features items from the collection of returning and new participants. Mr. Gordon Brodfuehrer who is on the Board of Trustees at the San Diego Museum of Art and a member of the Asian Arts Council will exhibit an extensive collection of Oribe ware from various contemporary artists including Shugo Takauichi, Makoto Yamaguchi, and Suzuki Goro.

A member of the Japanese Art Society of America, Mr. Wilson Gabrill’s deep interest in Japanese art was kindled committed to educating and empowering people with during his many trips to Japan as a corporate executive. developmental disabilities to reach their maximum Gabrill is exhibiting his collection of Jomon zogan pottery potential in life and achieve their goals. These groups by Japanese mingei potter and National Living Treasure, volunteer week-day mornings, and help keep the garden Tatsuzo Shimaoka. clean. We thank these groups for their efforts. The sole proprietor of Oriental Treasure Box, Mr. Kazuo rofessor Tierney’s 100th Year Kuwabara has been in the business of acquiring and selling fine Japanese antiques and works of art for nearly three Celebration decades. On display from his gallery is his collection of The JFGSD Board, staff and volunteers would Edo Era Musha Ningyo and a like to wish our long-time board member, Professor mid- 20th century Hina Ningyo set Tierney a very happy 100th birthday! Thank you for in celebration of two upcoming your dedication, knowledge, and contributions to the holidays in Japan: Girl’s Day and Japanese Friendship Garden. Your involvement with Children’s Day. JFGSD has truly helped us grow. A new participant this year, Ms. Joanne Watson is a member of Professor Tierney the Asian Arts Council (AAC) and participates in several celebrated his 100th programs including the “Art Alive!” at the SDMA. A year in Utah. The student of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana, Watson will be Salt Lake Tribune exhibiting a contemporary Ikenobo container made by News article entitled, the Headmaster of Ikenobo in Kyoto and several other “Utah Professor was functional, yet artistic objects. a real-life Mouments of Monuments And finally, two previous exhibitors, Dr. Robert & Joanne Man,” talks about Meredith who have been long-time members of the his years of service Garden and contributors of the Park will be exhibiting a in the U.S. Navy, collection of contemporary children-themed woodblock serving as Arts and Monuments Commissioner in the U.S. Navy under Gen. Douglas MacArthur as part of the prints by Gyojin Murakami in conjuction with Mr. Kuwabara’s collection of dolls. occupation government of Japan. He was tasked with tracking down, cataloging and saving what he could of Opening Reception: March 20th (5 – 7pm) the artistic and cultural history of Japan shattered by RSVP on our website or call (619)232-2721 x104 World War II.




arden of Unity Documentary and Kickstarter

The JFGSD will be filming its first documentary this spring on the 100 year history of San Diego’s Japanese American community from 1915-2015. The project will examine the historical events that have shaped the cultural identity of San Diego’s Japanese American community and preserve the personal experiences of the community through oral history and interviews from local civic leaders and community members. The documentary is a part of our 2015 exhibits and programming for the Balboa Park Centennial. The JFG was awarded a 2014 Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant to begin filming the project, but we need your help to complete it! On March 1st, we will launch a 60-day Kickstarter campaign to raise the $10,000 we need to complete funding for the “Garden of Unity” documentary. Funds from the Kickstarter campaign will go toward equipment needs, film crew, editing, and both internal and web archives of the oral histories recorded for the project. Visit our website and Facebook to view the Kickstarter link.


aru No Matsuri

JFGSD’s Haru no Matsuri (Spring Festival) on February 8th was a huge success! Supported by a grant from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, the Festival was a sister event to JFGSD’s 9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The Haru No Matsuri aimed to educate the San Diego community about Japanese culture. Over 200 guests attended the event at the vibrant Market Creek events center in Southeast San Diego. Activities included taiko performances, koto playing, karate and

sushi demonstrations, the Lion Dance, and KendoBu. Japanese foods and crafts were provided free for families, and visitors enjoyed by the Bonsai tree and Beekeeping booths. The Jacobs Center has a whole calendar of diverse cultural events planned: visit


embership Tea April 12, 2014 (10am - 12pm)

We cordially invite you to our annual Membership Tea, which will be held on April 12 from 10am to 12pm. This is a free event for all members. Non-members admission is $15 (which can be used towards the purchase of a membership). Enjoy a tea ceremony demonstration provided by the Urasenke San Diego Association as well as light refreshments, different flavors of tea, and musical entertainment. We will be sending out invitations with more details to our members soon, so keep an eye out!


nnual Cherry Blossom Festival March 1, 2014 (10am - 4pm)

The 9th Cherry Blossom Festival is almost here! We are excited to make this festival an exciting time for people to explore and enjoy our grove of 150 cherry trees. Cultural performers and demonstrators, including taiko drummers, koto players, and Japanese martial arts experts, will grace our stage. Our kids corner will be full of fun crafts and play activities. We are also excited to announce that we will have a Beer & Sake Garden sponsored by

Asahi Beer, Gekkeikan Sake and Stone Brewery. We would like to thank our major sponsors Kyocera, Valley Crest, the County of San Diego, and the Commission for Arts and Culture. Due to the ongoing construction, festival activities will also take place in the lower canyon parking lot. Please contact Lauren at (619) 232-2721 x100 or for additional information.


Calendar & Class Schedule

The Garden offers a unique variety of classes and demonstrations to all visitors. It is a vital part of our mission to provide educational programs that promote understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Please call the office at (619) 232-2721 X105 or email to register. Fees help to cover class expenses and support the Garden. Cancellation Policy: Refunds are made only in the event of the Garden’s cancellation of the class.

Docent Tour Schedule

Please check the website for updated schedules Upper Level (Free with Admission) March 15,29 (Sat), 11am & 1:30pm April 12 & 26 (Sat), 11am & 1:30pm

Canyon Expansion Area (Free with Admission) March 15, 29 (Sat) 12:30pm & 3pm April 12 & 26 (Sat) 12:30pm & 3pm Every Wed, Thurs, Fri at 1pm

Full Garden Tours

March 2,16 & April 6, 20 (Sun) 11am & 1:30pm

Class Schedule

Sogetsu-style Ikebana Class (Tuesdays) Date: Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 & Apr 1, 8, 15,22,29 Time: 9:30am – 11:30am Fee: $15 one session, $50 for four Description: This weekly Sogetsu School ikebana class is designed for a wide range of talents from novices to advanced students. Please bring your own kenzan, a shallow container, Ikebana (gardening) scissors, and flowers and branches. Instructor: Yumi Rakers

Meditation (No class on 3rd Tuesday of each month)

Date: Mar 4,11, 25 & Apr 1, 8,22,29 Time: 1pm - 2pm Fee: Free with admission Description: Meditation is a great tool for relaxation and peace of mind which also helps us deal with negative thoughts, emotions and situations. Your instructor will teach several techniques including breathing to guide you. Meditation will be held in front of the “Sekitei” (rock garden) viewing room. The bare simplicity of the raked white gravel and grey rocks absorbs our thoughts and is devoid of clutter. One is able to gaze without judgment, without criticism, nothingness, reaching the quietude of oneself. 4 Instructor: Yumi Rakers, R.Y.T.

Go Club (Wednesdays)

Date: Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2,9,16,23,30 Time: 3pm – 5pm Fee: Free with Admission Description: Go, the national game of Japan, is the oldest board game in the world. This introductory class is intended for students, but all are welcome to attend. Classes are typically held at the Activity Center. Each class will include instruction and time for individual games. Instructor: Ted Terpstra

Morning Hatha Yoga (Thursdays)

Date: Mar 6,13,20,27 & Apr 3,10,17,24 Time: 9am -9:45am Fee: $6 Members, $8 Nonmembers (Attend 5 classes and get the 6th FREE!) Description: Relax your body & calm the busy mind! Enjoy a mindful yoga class in the peaceful serenity of the Garden. Practitioners of all levels are welcome. Please bring a mat & water, and avoid heavy foods before class. Mornings can be cool, so dress in comfortable layers. The class will be held either in the Exhibit Hall or at the Koi Pond. Instructor: Timothy Weir Schultheis

Craft Club (First Mondays)

Date: Mar 3 & Apr 7 Time: 10am -12pm Fee: $10 General (annual fee) Description: The Craft Club welcomes all who have an interest in paper crafts! We make greeting cards, origami, ornaments and gift items to sell at the Garden’s gift shop. New members who want to help the Garden and learn more about traditional Japanese crafts are invited to join.

Modern Kimono Dressing Class (4 sessions) Date: Mar 6,13,20,27 (Thurs) Time: 11am - 1pm Fee: $65/4 sessions Members $75/4 sessions Non-members Description: This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to wear kimono from a certified kimono dresser. This class is for beginners. No prior experience needed. Kimonos and all accessories are provided for class. Students are required to take all four sessions. Registration required. Instructor: Yukie Bridges

Sashiko Pin Cushion

Date: Mar 8 (Sat) Time: 9am - 12pm Fee: $25 Members $30 Non-members Description: The second in the Sewing Basket Kit is a Sashiko pin cushion. Student will choose between indigo or linen ground for their 5 inch by 5 inch pin cushion. Finishing will be as a biscornu (pictured,) square or round shape. Please bring basic sewing supplies for the class. Instructor: Laura Breen

Upcoming Events Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday, March 1, 2014 10am-4pm

Children’s Day Monday, March 3, 2014 11am-2pm

Maneki Neko Wool Pet

Date: Apr 19 (Sat) Time: 9am – 12pm Fee: $30 Members $35 Non-members Description: Come and enjoy making your own needle felt Maneki Neko. Each kit has five different colored wools, two felting needles and a small bell. Please bring basic sewing supplies. Instructor: Laura Breen

Membership Tea Saturday, April 12, 2014 10am-12pm

Performances and Demonstrations Tea Ceremony (Saturday)

Date: Apr 5 Time: 1pm & 2pm Free with admission, tea and sweets tasting: $3 Instructor: Urasenke San Diego Association

Tea Ceremony (Tuesday)

Date: Mar 11 & Apr 8 Time: 11:30-12pm Free with admission Instructor: Urasenke San Diego Association

Koto & Shakuhachi Performance (Saturday) Date: Mar 8 Time: 1pm-2pm Free with admission Musicians: Kyoko Takeda (koto) & Jon Crick (shakuhachi)

JFG Annual Bus Trip

Friday, April 25, 2014 The Huntington Please see flyer for additional information _________________________ As a member of the Japanese Friendship Garden, take advantage of the reciprocal admission to the USS MIDWAY for the entire month of March 2014. Your membership allows you to access over 200 Gardens all over United States including the San Diego Botanical Garden. Please visit the website for garden directory of participating gardens:

Our Programs are partly funded by:


Donation Summary

December 2013-January 2014 $10,000 and up Harrison & Helen Miyahira California Council for the Humanities, Inc.

$5,000 and up

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation KAMERCAH INC. Muraoka Enterprises, Inc.


Jim & Barbara Hartung Dennis & Elaine Otsuji The Heller Foundation of San Diego USS Walke Association Tom & Sumi Yanagihara


Maureen Mcbreen Kazuyuki Abe Harry & Kazue McDaniel Magdalena Acosta Susan McKean Marilyn Adams Hatsune Mukai Steve Asakawa Marie Nakamura AT & T Foundation John Oden Agnes Benson Shirley Omori Anita Brown Shigeru & June Oto Edgar & Linda Canada Thelma Press Joseph Cross Ramon & Gloria Ross Kent & Peggy Cross Tim & Amanda Scott Jeanette Dutton Wilbur & Janice Shigehara Toshiye Estes Fusa Shimizu Heidrun Falconer Robert & Nicte-Ha Zamora Short Jerry & Shelley Ferguson William & Virginia Ferguson Loren & Alexis Slafer D. A. & E. L. Smothers Alex & Edna Harper John & Tsuneko Hashiguchi James & Eva Sommers Cathy Springs Lawrence & M. S. Hess Ronald & Judy Teshima Erika Hiramatsu Steven & Aki Tomiyama Grace Honda Masayoshi & Grace Tsuida Carolyn Kaess Takeo & Hiroko Uesugi Sanji & Miyoko Kanzawa Ruth Voorhies Koji Kasuyama Howard and Kaneko Kuwada Mary Ann & Debarah Wiggs Nathan Workman Rod & Lois Lanthorne Dick & Judy Yamane Shizue Maruyama Wallace & June Yuki Matsumae Katsukiyo Kai Arthur Matsuura

Memorials and Tributes

Steve Asakawa In memory of George Asakawa James & Eva Sommers In honor of Yukiko Miyahara Thelma Press In honor of the JFGSD staff USS Walke Association In honor of Mark Halverson Ruth Voorhies In memory of Betty Kierulff


Welcome NEW Members! Jonathan Akonni Dawn Alden Lynne Beerle Alan Branch Jill D. Brown Joshlyn Cardoza Karen Cassimatis Thomas Conner Guadalupe Connor Jonathan Corpuz George Crain Alan Dawson Hugo De La Cruz-Martinez Damien DeMoray Diana Denoyer Ryan Dentt Jeremy Dentt Rick Dentt Mary Dilligan Joshua Dixon Laura Downie James Eret Bruce Farmer Mariette Fourmeaux Patrick Frank Tracey Freeman Joseph Gartner James Gillispie Judith Glatstein Fred Gordon Noriand Gottshall Ron Granquist Gary Gray John Griffin Michael Guberek Jeffrey Hall Tom Ham Brett Hamblen Carol C. Harlow Alexandra Hart Elias Hazou Barbara Hollowell Jeff Hulewicz Ben Jacobs Crescent Jakubs Mari Jarvis Karen Kenyon Adrienne Kezirian Kevin Kilber Soo Kim Jasmine Kimura

Dan Kinnard Christopher Kitrick Myra Lerma Bill Maine Fidencio G. Marquez John S. Meech Marlene P. Mehlhoff Ann M. Moore Charles Mora Edward Mulhern Patrick Mulvanity Lynn Murray Stephen O’Lear Dutch Perry Dean Popp Shashi Pottathill Elaine Power William Racicot Casey Robertson Ryan Roper Heather Rosing Jessica Rowe Ronald Rowe John Rush Mark SanAgustin Scott Savary Katsumi Sayama Teresa Skrepenski Nick Slinglend Spencer Smith Billy Spain Richard Stong Bruno Tanonis Xuan Thi Terry Thiesen Maria Torres Janice Van Dyke Jordan Van Keuren Ann Van Leer Laura Vaughan Emilio Viramontes Andrew Walsh Silvia Wiedmann Tommy Wilson Carrie Winder Brian Worel Lawana Worley Anders Wright Greg Yamamoto JoCeal Young

Japanese Friendship Garden Board and Staff Board of Directors Dr. Hiroko Johnson Mike Kawamura Michael Kinoshita Wendy Maruyama Tad Muraoka Roy Muraoka Arthur Nishioka

Dr. Thelma Press (Hon. Degree) Justin Rennilson David Strickland Prof. Lennox Tierney Marilyn Travaglini Dennis Otsuji

Executive Committee

Dennis Otsuji, President Dr. Thelma Press (Hon. Degree), 1st Vice President Mike Kawamura, 2nd Vice President David Strickland, Secretary Arthur Nishioka, Treasurer

Advisory Board

Maurice Kawashima Larry Marshall Ken Muraoka

Ed McDaniel Miyo Reff

Executive Director Luanne Kanzawa Administration (619) 232-2721 Operations Assistant Marisa Espinosa (ext. 103) Events & Marketing Coordinator Lauren Manalo (ext.100) Program Coordinator Seiko Pinckaers (ext.105) Registrar & Exhibit Coordinator Marisa Takeuchi (ext. 104) Membership & Fund Development Coordinator

Bryan Lusby (ext. 102)

Volunteer Coordinator & Grant Writer Jana Zawadzki (ext. 101)

Contact Us: For more information about these events please call the Garden at (619) 232-2721. Garden Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm (Last Entry 3:30pm) Free Tuesday 10am-4pm Third Tuesday of the Month (Last Entry 3pm) The NIWA is written and produced by volunteers and staff of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For more information about becoming a volunteer or comments for the NIWA, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at: (619) 232-2721 ext 101 or To join our email list contact:

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Senior Gardener Paul Johnson (ext. 106) Facilities Manager Javier Palacios Past Presidents

Will Hippen (1980-1984) David Osborn (1985-1986) Bruce Henderson (1987) Larry Marshall (1988-1991) Moto Asakawa (1991-1994) Tom Yanagihara (1994-2008)


March-April Niwa  

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March-April Niwa  

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