THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF THE JAPANESE SWORD
Friday, October 27
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Member discounts apply
The Japanese sword is one of the most highly revered objects in Japanese traditional culture. Said to embody the spirit of the samurai warrior, the sword--especially the curved katana blade--is also one of the most exquisitely crafted art forms created in Japan.
Please join us at the garden for a unique evening with Japanese sword collectors Yurie Halchek and Richard Suran, who will not only share their knowledge about the history and production of these precious weapons but also show us a number of swords from their collections, some of which date back 1,000 years. They will bring with them several sword fittings, such as tsuba and menuki, remarkable works of artistry in their own right.
For centuries, Japanese swordsmiths have been highly respected for their ability to forge blades that are not only sharp and powerful but also serenely beautiful, often patterned with an ethereal hamon that evokes a misty mountain range, crashing waves or drifting clouds. Not surprisingly, these blades have been passed on through generations as family treasures and are now passionately collected around the world.
There will be a a reception in the garden with wine and appetizers before the talk. Space is limited so reservations are required. Street parking is prohibited by the City of Pasadena. Please park in one of our two driveways.
Jazz is Back!
Mitchell Long Brazilian Jazz Trio
Open Day Last Sunday, October 29
10am to 4pm
Performance at 2pm
$7.50 online / $10 at the gate
This month we launch our new World Music Series at the garden. Inspired by the Pacific Standard Time's LA/LA programs, we begin our musical world tour in Latin America with the Mitchell Long Brazilian Jazz Trio.
Mitchell Long is an acoustic and electric guitarist, singer, band-leader and world traveler with 35+ years experience in performing, recording, composing and arranging. His musical roots are in Jazz, Blues and popular styles but he is widely known for his work in Brazilian, African and other world genres. His trio also features Aaron Serfaty on drums and John Leftwich on bass.
World Music Series is curated by Los Angeles jazz musician and composer, David Arnay, who first brought us the popular Second Sunday Jazz Series. Watch the website for World Music performances on Open Day Last Sunday
throughout the year.
Reservations recommended--we do sometimes sell out!
The performance is free with admission.
Remember: The City of Pasadena prohibits our visitors from parking on the surrounding residential streets. Please follow the signs to park on-site. On Open Day Last Sunday, parking is also available in the lot we share with the Westridge School on Madeline Drive. It is accessible from Pasadena Avenue.
10am to 4pm
Members always receive free admission for two on
Open Days--on this day family members may also
come with you
We have a great day planned with fun and interesting activities for members to enjoy without a crowd. It's one way we can show our appreciation to our generous supporters during the month of Thanksgiving.
Get out your camera gear because this will be a perfect opportunity to photograph the garden, take a selfie with your true love or shoot that family portrait you've been meaning to get in a beautiful environment--think holiday cards. Members may bring tripods (usually prohibited), selfie paraphernalia, and whatever else you need for those perfect shots.
(Amateur photographers only, please.)
You can also sample Japanese teas in the Niko-an teahouse. At 1pm learn about the fascinating history of tea and its importance to the Japanese culture from the garden's Creative Director, Meher McArthur.
Go on a scavenger hunt throughout the garden, feed the koi, then have a picnic while you're at it. You can bring your own or we will order a bento box for you from the Delicatessen by Osawa, recently opened by Pasadena's favorite Japanese restaurant. The menu and order form will be available November 1st.
For dessert, have a MOCHI on us! We will have a variety of flavors for each member of your party to choose from.
There will be a docent tour as usual at 11am and later in the day, you can join Connie and Jim Haddad to hear some little known history of the garden--what they refer to as "the history behind the history". Hear what it was like when they were newlyweds living in the teahouse without heat or running water, and how, over the years, this little piece of land became like a treasured family heirloom, one that needs to be shared. Why else would they have gone to so much trouble to create the non-profit we have today so this hidden jewel might be available to us and to future generations?
A Sunday Just For Members is from 10am to 4pm.
Docent tour at 11am. The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed. Members receive complimentary admission for two. Children 12 and under are also free.
Remember, the City of Pasadena prohibits our visitors from parking on the surrounding residential streets. Please follow the signs to park on-site. On Open Day Last Sunday, parking is also available in the lot we share with the Westridge School on Madeline Drive. It is accessible from Pasadena Avenue.
Students of Japanese...
An Evening of Conversation
To Practice Speaking Japanese
Friday, November 3
6:00 - 8:00pm
We Invite You For
Conversation In Japanese
Practice your Japanese
with learners at all levels,
and native speakers alike.
Improve your skills, help others,
and enjoy an evening in this
Now open at the garden...
The first exhibition featured at the new EN GALLERY of art at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, is named for the ancient Roman festival held in honor of Flora, the Goddess of Flowers. The exhibition
Floralia features modern Western paintings of flowers, including still life works by Marcel Dyf and Jacques Danglas, and several antique Audubon prints. Also featured, will be a selection of small but stunning, antique Chinese watercolor paintings.
In Japanese, the word "en" (園) can mean garden. Written with another character (縁), "en" signifies the special and often mysterious bond that connects people. It also refers to the verandah - a space between inside and outside. Located in the Meeting Room of the house looking out on the garden, the gallery will feature exhibitions of art relating to nature, spirituality, wellness and relationships.
This exhibition runs through December 7 and may be viewed during the garden's open hours or by appointment. The works in the exhibition and future exhibitions are for sale, with part of the proceeds benefiting the garden's educational and cultural programming.
And finally, some photos from last month...
We have fun, we are growing and we need you!
Be one of our valued volunteers as a Docent, Event Assistant, Gardener orSpecial Projects committee member.
Take a docent tour
--free with admission at 11:00am or 2:00pm on Open Thursday, and 11:00am on Open Day Last Sunday. Reservations for the tours are not necessary but if there are more than six
people in your group, please email the garden to let us know.
Experience the peace of the garden on Open Thursday and the last Sunday of every month. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm You may make a
for admission on our website for $7.50 or pay $10 upon arrival (children 12 and under are free.) The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.
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