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NOV/DEC 2013


Dear Members and Friends: As we approach the end of the year, visitors continue to enjoy the aged beauty of the Garden, with its manicured black pines as a backdrop to the koi pond filled with our colorful koi collection. With the newly opened expansion of the garden, visitors are welcomed by a pleasant stroll beginning at our Tea and Herb Garden, followed by the Camellia and Azalea Garden. After crossing the Dragon Bridge visitors can enjoy our newly completed water fall, stream and pond area, surrounded by our Cherry Tree Grove, which is becoming our main attraction.

















Volunteer Spotlight, Upcoming Volunteer Events, Arriving From The End, Beekeeping At The Garden, Holiday Events At The Garden, December Nights, Celebrating Shici-go-san


Calendar & Class Schedule


Donation Summary & New Members

Future Pavilion The groundbreaking ceremony for the Pavilion is scheduled for the beginning of the 2014. We anticipate starting construction of the Pavilion along with its surrounding garden and water feature early next year. The Pavilion’s grand opening will be held on January 2015 and will mark the celebration of the the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park. Exciting new programs and exhibits will be showcased in the new building. As we transform our physical space into an engaging program area and beautiful venue, we will continue to collaborate with our community partners to expand our outreach programs. Your annual gift helps underwrite our valuable programs. Please consider becoming a member of the Garden. We are looking forward to your support and participation in our future events.



olunteer Spotlight

We continue the volunteer spotlights by featuring two talented people who have really made a difference for the Garden, Ken Koll and Gregg Yonekura. The Garden is fortunate to have Ken. For over 30 years, he was the Advertising Art Director and Production Artist at the San Diego Reader. The Ken Knoll new garden brochure is a product of the talent of Jose Ramirez (staff member) and Ken Koll. He is also available for freelance work! Ken also likes volunteering in the outdoors, pruning and perfecting the garden’s plant life. Helping at the garden gives Ken the opportunity to give back to the community, build connections, and develop new skills. Gregg joined the garden in March of 2013 to become a docent. With a vast array of knowledge, Gregg has made invaluable contributions to our grants, Free Tuesday programs, events, and tours. Volunteering at the garden is a new and interesting way to share his culture and connect with nature. To become a docent, Gregg feels that you should love nature, enjoy meeting new people, and learning. Gregg enjoys showing guests the Dragon Bridge, because it reminds people that the challenges and flaws we see as we age are often a part of what make us a more perfect being.


rriving From The End

November 1, 2012 - January 26, 2013 Featuring Bruno Tanonis

Join us for the Opening Reception of our upcoming exhibition, “Arriving from the End” featuring local artist Bruno Tanonis. Inspired by a beautiful musical composition by American avant-garde composer David Lang entitled Depart and a Japanese Oscar-winning drama film, Departure, Tanonis encourages his viewers to appreciate the loose and experimental nature of his work as an open space in which to confidently reflect and feel. Letting art take fold by pouring, dripping and pushing oil and acrylic paint, Tanonis releases any boundaries or pre-conceived expectations that the canvas may hold.

In recent years, Tanonis lost two of his close friends and mentors who helped define his art and individuality. Searching for a way to understand and accept their deaths, Tanonis created a collection of work examining Death’s transformational quality. This new perspective translates on different pcoming Volunteer Events levels in Tanonis’ recent Join us for another relaxing round of Paul’s work. Almost in defiance Pruning Basics. Please bring hand tools for of death’s destructive pruning (if you have them) and protective gear such as and ominous command, gloves, a hat and sunscreen. Available times are Sunday Tanonis creates vivid and bright works of art which seem November 17th, 9am-1pm and Sunday December 15th, to spontaneously move, taking on a life of its own. 9am-1pm. A local San Diegan, Bruno Tanonis received his M.F.A at We are also the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited seeking in many solo, group and juried exhibitions including the volunteers to Steuben South Gallery in Brooklyn and the Everett Gee cook, cashier Jackson Gallery in San Diego. Finding a new passion in and manage the teaching, Tanonis currently works at the St. Madeleine December Nights Sophie’s Center where he teaches art to adults with event. Shifts are available Friday December 6th from 2:30pm-7pm, and developmental disabilities.


7pm-11pm, or Saturday December 7th 5pm-10:30pm. Sign up at

Ever been curious about volunteering at the garden? Come to an orientation for volunteers and learn how you might get involved! Contact Jana at (619) 232-2721 x 101, or for more information.


To learn more and to RSVP for the Opening Reception visit: Meet the artist on Friday, November 1st from 5 to 7pm! Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. For further questions please contact Marisa T. at (619)232-2721 x 104.


eekeeping At The Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden is excited to announce a new program in collaboration with the San Diego Beekeeping Society (SDBS). The mission of the SDBS is to serve as a resource to local beekeepers and promote best beekeeping practices. The next time you visit the Garden, you will notice Mari Davis a topbar honey bee hive made of cedar with a natural finish located in the canyon nursery area. The hive is safely populated with honey bees from the Garden’s irrigation box! Educational programs regarding honey bees will be offered at the Garden. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe and learn from the SDBS members who will maintain the hive and harvest the honey. Did you know? Honeybees represent a highly organized society, with various bees having very specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses, guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers, royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc.


oliday Events At The Garden

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate with JFG! From corporate events and holiday parties to baby showers and birthday celebrations, the Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect place to host your private event.

Treat your guests to a late afternoon soiree, or an unforgettable night under the stars! Contact Lauren at or (619) 2322721 ext. 100 for more information.


ecember Nights December 6th and 7th, 2013

It’s that time of year again! Start your holiday season off right in historic Balboa Park with one of San Diego’s favorite holiday celebrations. December Nights will be on Friday, Dec. 6 (3:00 pm-11:00 pm) and Saturday, Dec. 7 (12:00pm-11:00 pm). Every year, JFG celebrates December Nights by cooking delicious yakisoba, chicken teriyaki, and hot cider for Balboa Park visitors on both days. Bring your family and friends to volunteer with us and be part of JFG’s annual tradition! December Nights is a fun opportunity to be part of the biggest holiday celebration in San Diego while giving back to the Garden and bonding with staff and volunteers.


elebrating Shichi-go-san November 9, 10, 16 & 17

Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three) is a traditional festival in Japan, held annually on November 15th to celebrate the growth and wellbeing of young children. Girls who are three and seven years old and boys who are five are dressed in their finest clothes and taken by their parents to the nearby shrines to pray for their healthy growth and wellness. Chitose ame, literally “thousand year candy,” is given to children on Shichi-Go-San. Chitose ame is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes healthy growth and longevity. It is given in a bag decorated with a crane and a turtle, which represents long life in Japan. The Garden will be celebrating Shichi-go-san by dressing up three and seven year-old girls and five year-old boys in traditional kimonos and photographing them in our beautiful scenery. Instead of chitose ame, the Garden will be handing out candies. Girls and boys will be dressed by Mrs. Michiko Delaney, President of San Diego Biso-Kai.


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) Nov 16, 30 & Dec 14, 28 (Sat), 11am & 1:30pm Dec 30 (Mon), 11am & 1:30pm

Canyon Expansion Area (Free with Admission) Every Thursday and Friday 1pm Nov 16, 30 & Dec 14, 28 (Sat) 12:30pm & 3pm Dec 30 (Mon) 12:30pm & 3pm Full Garden tours Nov 3 & 17 (Sun)

Class Schedule Craft Club (First Mondays) Date: Nov 4 & Dec 2 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 our group.

Sogetsu-style Ikebana Class (Tuesdays)


Date: Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 & Dec 3, 10, 17 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: Nov 5, 12, 26 & Dec 3, 10 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. Instructor: Yumi Rakers, R.Y.T.

Go Club (Wednesdays) Date: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4, 11, 18 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 Class (Thursday) Date: Nov 7, 14, 21 & Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 9am-9:45am Fee: $6 Members, $8 Non-members (Attend 5 classes & 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

Shichi-Go-San Event Date: Nov 9,10,16 & 17 (Sat & Sun) Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm Fee: $100 Members $110 Non-members (Siblings get 15-20% discount) Description: The cost includes kimono and accessory rental, dressing, photography and CD of photographs. Girls and boys will be dressed by Mrs. Michiko Delaney, president of San Diego Biso-Kai.

Come join us for another round of Paul’s Pruning Basics! Please bring your hand tools for pruning (if you have them) and protective gear such as a hat and sunscreen. Remember, enter through the back gate and meet in front of the office. We look forward to seeing you then! If you have any questions, please call 619-232-2721 X105 or e-mail

Holiday Ornament Date: Dec 14 (Sat) Time: 9am – 12pm Fee: $30 Members $35 Non-members Description: The netted ornament cover will dress out your favorite holiday ornament and is an easy beading project to learn. The ornament net is design for a 70mm glass ornament but can be easily used with a larger or smaller ornament. Kit includes; three different bead types, beading floss, beading needle, and instructions. Please bring basic sewing supplies. Instructor: Laura Breen

Performances and Demonstrations Tea Ceremony (Saturday)

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

Tea Ceremony (Tuesday) Date: Nov 19 & Dec 10 Time: 11:30-12pm Free with admission Instructor: Urasenke San Diego Association

Pruning Basics Schedule Sunday, November 17 9am to 1pm Sunday, December 15 9am to 1pm

Upcoming Events: December Nights Friday & Saturday, December 6 and 7 3pm to 11pm/12pm to 11pm _________________________ As a member of the Japanese Friendship Garden, take advantage of the reciprocal admission to 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:

Koto & Shakuhachi Performance (Saturday) Date: Nov 9 & Dec 14 Time: 1pm-2pm Free with admission Musician: Kyoko Takeda (koto) & Jon Crick (shakuhachi)


Donation Summary August-September 2013 $5,000 and up

Mary Ann Oberle Muraoka Enterprises, Inc.


Marukai Corporation Hidejiro and Chiseko Matsu


Deborah Rusert Donna Kobayashi June Y. Yamamoto Qualcomm Foundation Tom and Sumiko Yanagihara

Memorial & Tribute To: Frank Schrosk by Judy A. Schrosk Toshiko Nishimoto by Dan A. Tauber “Thank you” to all our volunteers during the months of August and Septemeber. Your volunteer hours at the Garden are very much appreciated! A total of 1,093 hours were documented. Memorialize or honor your loved one by designating your donation to a Garden plant or lantern. Please call (619) 232-2721 for more information.

Membership Matter Bryan Lusby

Looking for a unique and meaningful gift this holiday season?

We are getting ready for the holidays at the Garden. If you’d like to plan ahead, consider giving someone a Garden gift membership. It is the perfect gift for families and friends. The gift membership includes annual membership and an array of other JFG goodies! Contact the office to pre-order now. As previously mentioned in the last niwa, we have now moved to an electronic version of The NIWA. If anyone prefers to continue receiving a hard copy of The NIWA, please let us know! Feedback on our e-newsletter are welcome. Please let us know how we can make your e-NIWA more enjoyable. Contact us at (619)232-2721.


Welcome NEW Members! Judy Abercrombie Diane Addis Jim Aldredge Lynn Algario Diane Altona Claire Anderson Cyla Andrus Carolina Aranda-Perez Melissa Asarch Harry Bair Olivia Baker Annalisa Barrett Aimee Batchelor Shaina Benjaminson Steven Bernstein Robert L. Bettinger Kimberly Bohn Carol Bonomo Coletta Boone James Bounds David Brandt Justin Brent Bonnie Briglia Pama L. Broeckel Michael S. Brown Gary Brown Bradford Bruce Kimberly Bunnell Mie Buskirk Vincent S. Cairns Severino J. Calice Maya T. Carlin Benancio Carreno Carol Carvajal Marie Cashion Kimi Chatfield Doris Christopher Stuart Chuharski Laura Cormode David Coronado Peggy Cross Ash Dabbs Jennifer Danzig Henry A. Delgadillo Kelly Determan Dan Dobbs Sandra Dowd Thomas Dowdy-Winslett Elizabeth Dreyfuss John R. Duffy Laura Edwards Judith L. Evans Virginia Ferguson Shellie Ferrer Colleen Finnegan Anne Fletcher Marcie Frank Marcie Frank Amanda Freeman Chioko A. Fujimoto

Bonnie M. Funk Lyle Gee F. George Gilman Brooke Gilpin Marlene Goldberg Enjoli J. Gomez Mary J. Grubbs Jennifer Gunsaullus Alex Guthrie David Hadley Susan Hahn Myra Harada Michelle Hayashi Susan Hearold Barbara Hensley Connie Hickman Haeji Hong Nancy Howard Alice Howes Gabriela HR Timothy Huang Norma Huff Morgan Huggins Nora Hussey Ioana Ionescu Lynne Jett Janet Jim Viktoria Johnston Marjory Kaplan Shiho Kelley Adrienne Kingslyn Seth Kinkaid Kathleen Kish Kjerston W. Klassen Louis Knierim Christina Kopko Denise Kotani Meredith Kunsa Jennifer Landau Shari Larsen Laura E. Laslo J A. Latham Nicolai Lennox Sandra Long Danielle Loughran Sandra Lowell Edward W. Lusby Edward Lyell Patricia MacGillis Jerry Marino Fran Marsh Victor Mendoza Karen Mercadante Mary Merchant Theresa A. Miles Bonnie M. Miller Kerry Moniot Paola Mosqueda Ann B. Moyer Bob Muff

Elaine J. Mutale Kenia Nieblas Masato Nishimura Juanita Novenario Amy Okamura Albert Olivares Fredrick Orth Sandra Paik Kirk Parker Alex Parra Roxanne Pascual Susan Paulo Rey Rebolledo Jim Richter Leilani Rondero David Ross Mai Sageth Taylor Sale Scott Sandel Chika Sasaki Shelley Scarr Donald Schneider Dana Schneider John Scurlock Fe Seligman Pandra Selivanov Karen Selverston Alan Shahbazi James Sides Editha U. Sindac Gregory Smith Patricia Smoothwater Kenneth Stangl John Steveson Raymond Stives Gary Stoloff Nancy Strauss Greg Truesdale Jo Ann Truesdale Jotina Trujillo Susana Tzadok Zahir Valimahomed Joan Van Der Hoeven Brian Van Meter Gretchen N. Vik Richard Vogel Lee E. Wahlert Lizzy Weiss Donna West Barbara F. White Jean L. Whitney David Wiener Sandra Winter David Winter Carolyn Wood Lindsey Wright James Yasuda Randy Yasuda

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)

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