Open Day Last Sunday      
Sunday, November 27
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$7.50 With Reservation / $10 at the gate  

Cal Arts Japanese Ensemble
Performing at 2:00 p.m.
Free With Garden Admission

In the exquisite setting of our fall garden, hear the beautiful music of ancient instruments such as the koto (Japanese lute) and sheng (Chinese free reed wind instrument with bamboo pipes) when the Cal Arts Japanese Ensemble performs for us familiar and original compositions.

The ensemble was founded in 2015 at Cal Arts by koto musician and composer, Kozue Matsumoto, and her fellow students and lovers of Japanese sounds. Since then, this dynamic young group has been performing at various venues around Los Angeles, welcoming more members and expanding their repertoire.

Japanese cultural programming on Open Day is supported by  
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Also on Sunday...


The Citron Trunk Sale was so popular in August, it will return in November for your holiday shopping!

Come from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and treat yourself with something to wear for the holiday season or find some gifts. Citron transforms silk and other textiles into contemporary, wearable works of art inspired by Asian traditional patterns. Also available will be a small selection of authentic Asian clothing, elegant silk scarves, exquisite jewelry, Japanese folk art and other wonderful gift items.

And for our Facebook friends...

Open Day Last Sunday in November will be an opportunity to see the garden with free admission. Members are always free, of course, but this is our way of thanking those who stay in touch with us on Facebook. All you need to do is LIKE our page (see the link below) and come on Sunday, November 27th, Thanksgiving weekend, so we can thank you in person.

Remember: The City of Pasadena prohibits our visitors from parking on the surrounding residential streets. Please follow the signs to park on-site. On Sunday Open Day, parking is also available in the lot we share with the Westridge School on Madeline Drive. It is accessible from Pasadena Avenue.

Open Day Last Sunday is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Docent tour at 11:00.
Admission is $10:00 at the gate or you may make a reservation for $7.50 on our website. Members have free admission.
Children 12 and under are also free.The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Note: The garden will be Closed December 21 through January 4 and there will be no Open Days during that time.  Happy Holidays!

Photo by Chris Holt Photography 
Become A Member    
A reminder that your support now is more important than ever as the garden transitions from private ownership to operating exclusively with funds from grants, corporate sponsorship and, most of all, contributions from individuals like you.

It is so important to support the treasures around us that enrich our community and preserve our history. The Storrier Stearns Garden has survived numerous threats to its existence since it was created in the late thirties. Our non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was set up to assume responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the garden, and assure that it will be here for generations to come.

To become a member now, press here  
for the membership page  
and thank you!

To send us a check,  
please include your address,  
phone number and email address,  
and mail it to:

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden    
270 Arlington  
Pasadena, California 91105 

 #Giving Tuesday is on November 29th! It is another way to give and your donation will help us complete the Heavenly Path currently under construction over the hill where the waterfall is. On Tuesday, the 29th, donate any amount you want--$10, $25, $60--to help pay for the railing we need to keep people safe on the path. Give $100 or more and be treated to a special night of moon gazing when it's finished. You will find a Giving Tuesday link on the website to make your donation.    

Tea and Talks
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:00pm
Admission+Tea and Talk $12.50
Members $5.00
Enjoy tea and Japanese sweets with Yurie Halchak in the beautiful Niko-an teahouse. Yurie will give a talk while you have your tea, about the history and customs surrounding the teahouse and tea in Japanese culture. Space is limited, reservations are required and may be made on our website on the Programs page.  

Poets on Site invite you to stop by and take part in their weekly poetry workshops at the garden with beautiful flute music by Rick Wilson adding to the ambiance of the day.

Each week, Rick features a different flute--with its distinctive sound--from his extensive collection of historic flutes from around the world.

The poets gather from 1:30 to 3:30 to read their poems and walk in the garden for inspiration. Pick up their weekly newsletter at the check-in table for poems, photos and descriptions of the flute you will hear that week. Poets on Site was created and is led by Kath Abela Wilson. Look for her flowery hat and that is where you will find the poets.  
Coming Up in 2017! 

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with us on Open Day, Sunday, January 29
Join us in our beautiful garden for a day of music and art from Japan, China and Korea.
Learn to make Chinese paper lanterns; create Korean traditional paintings and tapestries; and see how ikebana is created using time-honored principles of Japanese flower arranging, all while listening to the uplifting melodies by the Koto and Harp Duo .


Jazz on Second Sundays

Watch for the start of a new series of live jazz events arranged by well known jazz pianist and Pasadena resident, David Arnay. Gather on Sunday afternoons with some of the greatest jazz artists on the Los Angeles scene. More information in next month's email.

Composition pour Jazz  Albert Gleizes, 1915
Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Garden Opens For Classes On Fridays in 2017

(Reservations open on the website November 23rd)

Plein Air Watercolor Classes
Learn from Pete Morris, a local artist who has become widely known in the area, not only for his landscape paintings but his ability to capture life as it happens. An experienced teacher, Pete will guide students on their artistic exploration of this unique Japanese garden. Weekly classes start Friday, January 6 from 10:00am-12:00pm. The fee for a 10-week session is $175 per person. 

Mindfulness Meditation
Instructor Debra Dysart will lead classes in the tranquil and healing environment of the garden. Debra is a teacher at the Shambhala Meditation Centers of Los Angeles. She also teaches Shambhala Art and is a former Director of Shambhala Los Angeles where she has been a practitioner for 20 years. Classes will be held in the Niko-an Teahouse from 8:30-9:30am starting Friday, January 13. For five classes, the fee is $50 per person; $25 for members.

Ikebana Classes

Learn the traditional art of Japanese flower arrangement. Classes will be led by Bokuho (Saeko) Kujiraoka, director of the Los Angeles branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Ms. Kujiraoka is a member of the Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California. She has been teaching and creating ikebana since 1987. Classes will be held every Friday in the Niko-an Teahouse from 10:00am-12:00pm beginning January 6.  The fee is $210 for 6 weeks.

Take a docent tour, free with admission at 2:00 p.m. on Open Thursday and 11:00 a.m. 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.
Volunteer in the garden--it's a beautiful place to work. If you enjoy our programs, assist with events and attend for free. If you just like spending time in the garden, one way is to help with our Open Days. To apply, email your interest to: Volunteer!   and someone will be in touch with you.

Experience the peace of the garden on Open Thursday and on the last Sunday of every month. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may make a reservation 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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