About Us

OUR MISSION:

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to develop a traditional garden as a center to educate, engage, and inspire people of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy. 

 

OUR STORY:

The Japanese Friendship Garden ("the Garden") is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. It illustrates two cultures and creates an immersive experience into Japanese culture. The Garden's design is based on centuries-old Japanese techniques adapted to San Diego's climate and florae and seeks to foster a relationship between humans and nature, providing a respite attuned to Japanese simplicity, serenity, and aestheticism.

The Garden sits on a 12-acre plot. It offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and festivals as well as accredited horticultural classes to enhance and deepen visitor appreciation for Japanese culture. As a valued community resource, it is well known for its unique setting, stone arrangements, koi ponds, water features, sukiya-style buildings and landscape. 

 

The Japanese Friendship Garden was first opened in 1991. The second phase, opened in 1999, was designed by renowed landscape architect Takeo Uesugi. This phase added the Exhibit Hall, Activity Center, and Koi Pond. The third phase, completed in 2015, comprised 9 additional acres which included a 200 cherry tree grove, large azalea and camellia garden, a water feature reminiscent of the San Diego watershed, and the state of the art Inamori Pavilion.

Today, the Japanese Friendship Garden is visited annually by close to 100,000 people from all over United States and around the world. The Garden is our gift to the citizens of San Diego as we continue to provide the community with educational programs to foster better understanding of Japanese culture. We are thankful to the citizens of San Diego who have helped in throughout our development. We feel it is our responsibility to build upon this legacy and continue to promote friendship among diverse cultures.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science, and culture institutions in Balboa Park. By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone. Benefits of our Partnership include:
 

  • Collective cost savings of $800,000 annually
  • Improved organizational performance and creation of new resources (knowledge, innovation, and networks)
  • New financial resources--since 2008 the Partnership has brought $4.2 million in new revenue to Balboa Park
  • Improved public accessibility and safety through capital improvements and ADA upgrades
  • Reduction of Balboa Park’s carbon footprint by 5.4 million kWhs and 91,000 therms annually, the equivalent of 110 homes.
  • Training of more than four thousand Park staff and volunteers to improve professional practice and visitor experience.

 
To learn more about the many ways our collaboration makes the Park a better place to visit, learn, and have fun, please visit the Partnership's website at www.bpcp.org.

 MEDIA ARTICLES ABOUT THE GARDEN

http://www.southerncaliforniahomes.com/articles/japenese-friendship-garden

 OUR DISTINGUISHED AWARDS:

  • Award for Leadership and Commitment in the Advancement of the Asian Community of San Diego
  • “Merit Award” by American Society of Landscape Architects Southern California Chapter in recognition of Outstanding Professional Achievement
  • Two outstanding volunteers received an award from The Friends of Balboa Park Millenium for their years of commitment to the Japanese Friendship Garden and Balboa Park
  • Commitment and Dedication to San Diego Unified School District
  • Special recognition from the Deputy Mayor Toni Atkins and Senator Chris Kehoe for its Historical Background and Achievements.
  • Asian Heritage Awards for Arts and Culture
  • Southern California Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects “Quality of Life Celebration”
  • 2013 Historical Heritage Excellence Award from San Diego Filipino American Humanitarian Foundation, Inc.
  • 2014 AAM Media & Technology Gold Award for the "JFG Haiku Hunt App" 

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 三景園 Japanese Friendship Garden

 

わたしたちの使命は、さまざまな地域から訪問される方々に日本の伝統的な文化を知ってもらい、関心を持ってもらうための場所としての三景園を造り、それを継承していくことです。
 

三景園のストーリー
 
 
三景園は、サンディエゴの姉妹都市である神奈川県横浜市との友好関係を築いている伝統的な日本のお庭です。お庭の造りは日本的ですが、サンディエゴの気候を考慮した設計がなされており、人と自然とがより一体感をえられるような、日本的な静けさや飾り気のない美しさを兼ね備えた空間です。
 
三景園の面積は48,562㎡と広大で、その広さを利用して、生け花や茶道などの文化教室、展示会、お祭りなど、さまざまな催し物を提供しています。また、錦鯉がおよぐ池や数奇屋、水を用いずただ地形によって山水を表現する枯山水で有名な場所でもあります。
 
 
サンディエゴの三景園は1991年に建造されました。そして、1999年には造園家として名高い上杉武夫さんの設計をもとに再建され、この時期に展示ホールと活動センター、鯉の池が追加されました。さらに、2015年には、200本の桜の木の植樹や、ツツジとツバキの庭と文化育成展示館の増設を行い、今の三景園が完成しました。
 
今日では、毎年約十万人の人々が世界中から訪れるたいへん有名な日本庭園で、訪問された方々により洗練された日本の文化を理解してもらうための貴重な文化財でもあります。そのためにも、日本の古き良き文化を継承し、世界のさまざまな地域との友情を築いていくことが、わたしたちの日々の使命であります。
 

最後に、三景園は全26の美術館や科学館、文化館を保有するバルボアパークとの協定を結んでおり、今の三景園があるのも彼らの協力のおかげです。三景園の発展に携わってくださった方々に厚く感謝を申し上げます。
ぜひ、サンディエゴの三景園に足を運んでみてください。皆様のご訪問を心からお待ちしております。