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. This group is for anyone looking to stay updated on the various events and programming we hold throughout the year. We have regularly scheduled programming that includes, but isn't limited to chi kung class on Fridays, yoga classes on Wednesdays through Fridays, Sogetsu style ikebana, and a monthly lecture series called "Sake Talks". Our special programming includes events such as art exhibit installations in our Inamori Pavilion, Tibetan bowl concert, Edo marionette puppet theater, and cultural events like Shichi-go-san, Seijin Shiki, Cherry Blossom Festival, and Obon Festival.
$15/session or $50 for four sessions
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, flowers and branches.
*Except for 3rd Tuesday
Free with JFG admission
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.
$8/class for members
$12/class for general
*Attend 5 & the 6th class is free
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.
Instructor: Lisa Hampton
Free with garden admission
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 in the Activity Center. Each class will include instruction and time for individual games.