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Dear Members and Friends: The winds of winter have withdrawn. Spring takes the stage, slowly awakening the flowering cherry trees while leading a chorus of iris and azaleas. All the trees and plants are dressed in fresh green. Your presence completes the scene. The Garden anticipates your visit.

Our Koi Pond The Koi Pond has also felt the warmth of spring. You will notice the increased activity in the pond as the water has warmed, and a new koi. She is a very friendly “Ochiba Shigure.” The name means “autumn leaves floating on the water.” It is the smallest fish in the Pond and is light grey with an autumnleaf colored orange pattern with just the streak of black reticulation over the entire body. Linda Pluth and Jack Chapman of the Koi Society of San Diego are devoted to maintaining our Pond and have become very friendly with the koi. They have reported recently that our new friend comes to Jack every time he is cleaning the pond and nibbles his fingers. Perhaps you will share this special friend also. A special note to our visitors – There has been a build-up of rocks thrown into the pond. This is a great hazard because the small stones collect in corners and under leaves which get into the drains. Rocks then get into the filter and get stuck in the plumbing from the filter to the sewer line. This has never happened before in the past ten years. The Koi Club is presently working to get it unlocked soon.

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Membership Tea Event Cherry Blossom Fesitval & Sakura Pageant

2-3 Exhibit Hall:

SD Book Arts presents “Edge to Edge” Private Collections: Ceramic Tea Cups & Wood Block Prints


Calendar & Class Schedule

To enhance your visit to the Garden, a Garden Volunteer Docent will be in the Garden each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our docents are well-trained and delighted to answer any questions or provide more information about Japanese design or plants in the Garden. On March 13, 2010, there will be a docent tour at 2:30 p.m. Call the Garden office for more information at (619) 232-2721.

to the Garden, admission to our four annual events, $100 scholarship to the Garden school programs and a crown and sash.

Membership Tea Event The Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego invites all members to our 2nd Annual Spring Tea on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. All members will be our honored guests. Non-members are encouraged to attend – admission is $15.00. Should a non-member decide to join the Garden membership, their admission is also free. There will be a broad selection of Japanese Teas accompanied with a variety of delicacies, and other surprises. Your invitation will be in the mail soon. Additions… Thank you to the members of Ikebana International for their creative flower arrangements: Joanne Meredith, Lillian Tu, Keiko Schneider and Winette Waggoner.

Cherry Blossom Festival The Garden will celebrate spring on March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with our 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This year the festival is well timed as the 160 cherry trees will be in bloom – if there are no surprise weather events. There will be Koto performances by Kyoko Takeda, performances by Immortal Fitness Martial Arts, Tea Ceremony by Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association and Obon dances coordinated by Junko Kajita. There will be an abundant selection of Japanese delicacies for you and vendors for your shopping pleasure. For the first time, the Garden will crown Miss Sakura and Little Miss Sakura who will represent the Garden in our community. Please call the Garden office for details and registration as there is no fee to enter the pageant. The competition is open to the public. Miss Sakura is for girls 12-18 years and Little Miss Sakura is for girls 4-6 years. The prizes include a one-year Family Membership


The Cherry Blossoms in full bloom near the front entrance of the Garden

Upcoming Exhibits featured at the Exhibit Hall During March, the Exhibit Hall will present the unique handmade books designed and created by the members of the San Diego Book Arts Group. More than thirty local artists, both professional and serious amateur artists will exhibit for your pleasure. This will be their third presentation at the Garden on the evening of Friday, March 5, from 4-6 p.m. there will be a reception in the Exhibit Hall. This is a special opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy their special interpretations personally. Please call the Garden at (619) 232-2721, for your reservation. During April, there will be an exhibition with selections from two prominent local collectors of Japanese art: Gordon Brodfuehrer, a member of the Garden Collection Committee, will share a selection of his Mino ware tea cups from his expansive ceramics collection: Inbe, Shimo and Oribe ware from the Mino Province which is now Gifu Prefecture. The

first tea cups were fired from 1570 to the early 1600’s. Each style has its unique shape and glazing. This era introduced new kiln technologies, hybrid styles and the spread of this tradition.

Tea cup from the private collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer

To accompany the ceramic presentation will be the Ukiyo-e prints from the collection of Captain G. B. Powell, Jr. He has chosen selections by a Shinhanga artist, Okuyama Gihachiro (1907-1981) an artist active in the Showa era, 1926-1989. His simple compositions take us to the countryside and famous places in Japan so we may experience the old melancholy Japan.

6th International Symposium of Japanese Gardens The Japanese Friendship Garden will host an International Symposium, “The Spirit of Japanese Gardens and Japanese Culture,” October 2 – 6, 2010. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees Committee, Fred Miyahara, and his committee has assembled outstanding talent and expertise about all facets of Japanese gardens. There will be representatives from not only Japan and the United States, but also Europe, South America and Canada to share their knowledge about design, maintenance, and relationship to Japanese arts and well being. The keynote speakers are Marc Keane, Landscape architect and writer; Kazuo Mitsuhashi, CEO, Mitsuhashi Garden Design, and Board Trustee of the Garden Society of Japan; Makato Nakamura, Ph.D., Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Kyoto University of Art and Design; Shoji Yamada, CEO of Hanotoyo Landscape, Inc. in Japan. To name a few of the key note demonstrators: Tokoshirou Tamane, Master gardener of the Kinkakuji Temple, Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Dennis Makishima, the first to introduce aesthetic pruning in the United States, Takuhiro Yamada, a Certified Skilled Worker of Landscape Gardening and many others with unique skills and experiences. Very soon the full schedule will be complete with lectures, times and dates. There will be an Early Bird Registration until July 31, 2010, of $300.00 and after July 31, 2010, it will be $335.00.

Black Pine Finds a New Home On February 9th, a black pine tree, valued at $10,000, was transported to the Garden and placed near the Fujidana. This picture was taken as the pine was lifted from its original location by crane into a truck that brought it to its new home in our Garden.

Woodblock print from the private collection of Captain Powell

There will be a reception on Friday, April 9th in the Exhibit Hall of the Garden. We hope you will join us in celebrating his collection.

Preparing to transport the black pine tree to its new home at the Garden

Walk with us as we grow, Marilyn Travaglini Editor


Calendar & Class Schedule The David L. Osborne Master Series: The Garden offers a unique array of classes and demonstrations to members and nonmembers. Unless noted, the classes are held on Saturdays at 10:30 am -12:30 pm in the Activity Center. Please call the office (619) 232-2721 to prepay with your credit card to reserve your space or you may send your check and the reservation form on page 5 to the Garden. Classes are offered on a “firstcome, first-served” basis. Fees help to cover expenses and support the Garden. Cancellation Policy: Refunds are made only in the event of the Garden’s cancellation of the class.

Classes and Events Schedule in March & April 2010 March 2 & April 6, 2010 Tuesday Event: Tea Ceremony Time: 11:30am & 12:30pm Fee: Free w/ admission Description: This is an opportunity to experience a demonstration of the traditional Tea Ceremony by an Urasenke tea instructor. You will learn the history of the Tea Ceremony and see how tea is served in a traditional way. Instructor: Soryo Katayama Stott, assisted by Junko Kawa, Chizu Kakitani, Takako Nishii

March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13, 20, 27 Class: Sogetsu Style Ikebana Class Time: 9:30am – 11:30 pm Fee: $15 drop-in, $50 (4 sessions) Description: You can learn basic Ikebana in our new, “Ikebana Class”. We will have an instructor from the Sogetsu School, and she will teach you a basic flower arrangement each week. You may bring Kenzan, shallow container, scissors, pitcher or empty water bottles, flowers and branches, trash bag, paper towel, plastic or glass bowl to trim branches and flowers. If you have any further questions, please contact the Garden. Pre-registeion is required. Instructor: Yumi Rakers


April 10, 2010 Saturday Class: Koto Performance Time: 1-2pm Fee: Free w/ admission Description: Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the traditional Japanese string instrument, the Koto, in our Garden setting. Performer: Kyoko Takeda

April 3, 2010 Saturday Event: Tea Ceremony Demonstration Time: 1:00pm & 2:00pm Fee: Free w/ admission, Tea ticket for green tea and dry sweets tasting $3 Description: An opportunity to experience the monthly demonstration of the traditional Tea Ceremony by Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association tea instructors. You will learn the history of a Tea Ceremony and see how to serve tea in a traditional way. Tea tickets will be available at the Exhibit House to try Japanese traditional macha and dry sweet. Instructor: Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association

March 1 & April 5, 2010 Monday 10-12PM Class: Craft Club Fee: $10.00 members & non-members Description: The craft club normally meets every first Monday of each month. During each session, the group makes unique items which the Garden offers for sale at the main entrance. The craft club has produced book markers, note cards and gift cards etc using beautiful washi paper.

March 16 & April 20, 2010 Class: Koi Docent Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm Fee: Free w/ admission Description: There will be a Koi instructor on free Tuesdays and every other Saturday at the Koi Pond. This is a great opportunity to learn about Koi. Instructor: Charles Foreman and SD Koi Club members

March 6, 2010 Saturday Class: Fruit Carving Class Time: 10am-12:30pm Fee: $40.00 members, $45.00 non-members Description: Each participant will learn how to make a carved vegetable and fruit centerpiece. The centerpiece will consist of a cantaloupe dahlia, turnip daisies, carrot flowers, and a leek ribbon flower. Tools will be supplied for use during the class, which includes cutting board, U/V cutter, and Thai carving knife. Participants are asked to bring a chef and paring knife. A tool set will be available for purchase

after the class for anyone interested, for $20 includes tax (cash only). Instructor: Sue Wagner

March 20, 2010 Saturday Class: Temari Ball Class Time: 10am-2pm Fee: $30.00 members, $35.00 non-members Description: You will learn how to make a basic beginner star pattern Temari ball. All materials are included except for lunch. Note: Please bring scissors to cut thread & Sack Lunch Instructor: Laura Breen & Lisa Koide Halverson

March 20, 2010 Saturday Class: Sashiko T-shirt Class (Sakura Design) Time: 10am-12pm Fee: $20.00 members, $25.00 non-members Description: Make your own unique blue sashiko t-shirt. Please bring a dark navy blue t-shirt (100% cotton ONLY). Please pre-wash it before the class. Note: Please bring scissors to cut thread Instructor: Lisa Koide Halverson

Save The Date: Cherry Blossom Festival March 13, 2010 11am-2pm Membership Tea Event April 24, 2010 12-2:30pm

Registration Form: Please complete and return with all fees to: Japanese Friendship Garden, 2125 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 921014792. Call the Garden with any questions at (619)232-2721. Fax: (619)232-0917 NAME __________________________________________________________ TELEPHONE _________________ ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________________ Date Mar 1 & April 5 Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Class Craft Club

Sogetsu Style Ikebana Class Sogetsu Style Ikebana Apr 13, 20, 27 Class

Please Check



10:00 – 12:00 $10

Non-member $10

9:30 - 11:30

$15/ class or $50/ 4 classes

9:30 - 11:30

$15/ class or $50/ 4 classes

Mar 6

Fruit Carving Class

10:00 - 12:30



Mar 20

Temari Ball Class

10:00 - 2:00



10:00 - 1:00



10:00 - 12:00



Apr 17 Apr 18

Udon Class (Japanese Noodle) Sashiko T-shirt class (Sakura design)

Total fees METHOD OF PAYMENT: ____ Check enclosed ____ Credit card (MasterCard or Visa only) CC#____________________________________ Expiration date __________


Donation Summary for Jan-Feb We would like to thank everyone who made donations and volunteered their time with the Japanese Friendship Garden. All of our members are an integral part of the sustainability and success of our Garden. We have many volunteer opportunities and classes at the Garden that we hope will keep your interest. If you have any suggestions, we would be happy to hear them. The Garden’s staff is also here to meet with you and discuss your estate options. We invite you to visit our office and speak with the Fund Development Coordinator to discuss options that may best suit your interests.

Donor’s Name (As you wish it to appear) _____________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ City:

Cash Donations


Special Grants SD Commission for Arts & Culture

State: ______ Zip Code:_____________________

$1000-$1999 Ichiyo School of Ikebana

Gift is in ____ Memory ____ Honor of: _____________ _____________________________________________

$100-$199 Mr. & Mrs. John Benson Duane Siefers

My Gift is: _____ $10

Less Than $100 Sadafumi Uchiyama Edgar Canada John Oden Roseanne Shannon

Please charge my credit card: _____MC _____VISA Amount $_____________

Memorials & Tributes Memorial To: Fumiko Ruby Bruce & Patricia Ruby Lois Pendergraft Francis P. Schrosk Frank & Judy Schrosk George A. Church, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Herman E. Shoaf Mollie Hashiguchi Henry Hashiguchi

Tribute To: Iyuchi & Mariko Sato Joy Mari Sato

In Kind Donations $10,000 & Over Thelma & Louis Press


Annual Giving Program




Other $_______

Credit Card #: __________________________________ Exp: _____________ Credit Card Holder’s Signature: X ____________________________________________ Double your Gift! Ask your employer about a matching gift program. You may also start a Memorial Fund for your family and friends to donate in accumulation. Contributions are tax deductible – Tax I.D. No. 953572493. Please make checks payable to the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego. Thank you for your support! Your gift makes a difference. Our combined efforts will enable the Garden to grow.

Japanese Friendship Garden Board and Staff Board of Directors Hiroko Johnson, Ph.D. Mike Kawamura Fred Miyahara Roy Muraoka Dennis Otsuji Thelma Press Justin Rennilson Steve Sato David Strickland Lennox Tierney Marilyn Travaglini Tom Yanagihara

Executive Committee Dennis Otsuji, President Fred Miyahara, 1st Vice President Roy Muraoka, 2nd Vice President Steve Sato, Treasurer Marilyn Travaglini, Secretary

Advisory Board Richard Forsyth Alan Foster Maurice Kawamura Larry Marshall J.R. Westfall

Executive Director Luanne Kanzawa Administration (619) 232-2721 Operations/Executive Assistant Marisa Espinosa (ext. 100)

Contact Us: For more information about these events please call the Garden at (619) 232-2721. GARDEN HOURS: 10 am-4 pm Tuesday through Sunday CLOSED ON MONDAYS

Events & Marketing Coordinator Lovelynn Hansen (ext.103)

The Niwa is written and produced by volunteers of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For more information about becoming a volunteer or comments for The Niwa, please contact: Marilyn (619) 232-2721, Fax (619) 232-0917, or Email: Follow us on the web:

Fund Development & Membership Coordinator Issie Inserra (ext. 104)


Volunteer & Registrar Coordinator Yukako Iwane (ext. 105)


Program Coordinator Maki Kitano (ext. 102)

Horticulture Javier Palacios, Head Gardener

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