The AjA Project: Refelect + Unfold


  • Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

What makes you unique? How do you understand aspects of your personality that make you who you are? How do elements of your identity translate visually? In Fall 2016, students from Momentum Learning worked with The AjA Project’s teaching artist Rizzhel Javier to ponder those questions and capture the essence of their identity through photographic images.

Working in partnership with the Japanese Friendship Garden, Momentum Learning and The AjA Project implemented a series of workshops that introduced students to the art of origami and photography with an emphasis on the use of abstraction and symbolism. On December 16, 2016, participants visited the Japanese Friendship Garden for a photographic field trip where they captured the colors, patterns and textures of the garden to symbolically represent aspects of their identity.  During this exhibit, the finalized work of the students will be in full display.

You can also learn how to make your own sonobe during one of our sonobe making classes! When you purchase an admission ticket during one of the listed dates, you will also be able to attend the sonobe making class. Inquiries can be sent to registar@niwa.org.