Japanese Children's Festival    

July 30th 10am to 2pm 
$7.50 online / $10 at the gate
(Online reservations advised)  
Japanese Dancing - Singing - Storytelling - Origami 
Traditional Brush Painting

Face painting and a dress-up area will enable kids to transform themselves, and a scavenger hunt will lead them to secret spots in the garden looking for clues.  
Our Japanese Children's Festival will be a lively celebration of summer and childhood. Traditional Japanese snacks and drinks will be served.

Reservations are filling up fast! They may be made by going here! 
Open Day Last Sunday is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Docent tour at 11:00. The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed. Members receive complimentary admission for two. Children 12 and under are 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.

A  S u m m e r  E v e n i n g  o f  J a z z
w i t h 

Jeff Benedict

 August 13 at 5:00 p.m. 
$7.50 online / $10 at the gate
(children 12 and under free) 
Garden open from 4:30 - 7:30pm
 New Time, New Admission Price...
Another Great Jazz Performance

What better way to spend a Sunday evening than listening to Jeff Benedict on
the sax, Dave Askren on guitar and David Arnay playing bass? This special edition of Second Sunday Jazz will be held in the garden with the teahouse as a backdrop. Beer, wine and snacks will be available so join us as the day cools off and the light turns golden.

Jeff Benedict has been playing professionally since the age of 14 and since 1989 has served as a Professor of Music at California State, Los Angeles. He has a long list of recording credits and is an accomplished classical musician as well as a wonderful jazz performer.

Reserve your place on the Programs and Reservations page of the website. 

News For Members...

Friday Evening Member Picnics in the Garden: Members are invited to bring picnics to the garden from 6pm-8pm on the following Friday evenings: July 21, July 28, August 4, August 18 and August 25. Please let us know you are coming  by emailing the garden at  info@japanesegardenpasadena.com.

Member Mornings: Members may enjoy the tranquility of the garden before we open to the public every Thursday and last Sunday of the month. No reservation necessary for members from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Just park in our driveway, come on in and check in when you arrive.

A Message from Meher McArthur, Creative Director

Over the years, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden has promoted peace and tranquility through its meditation classes, tea ceremonies and other educational programs. In 2016, the garden was honored by Green Legacy Hiroshima with the gift of a camellia cutting taken from a tree that survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The camellia in our garden serves as a powerful reminder of the need to work towards peace on a global level.

This fall, the garden will embark on a Peace Initiative working with Sue DiCicco to launch the Pasadena chapter of her International Peace Crane Project, in which origami cranes are folded as offerings of peace, hope and love to Hiroshima and beyond. On Sunday August 6, marking the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, we will officially launch the garden as a Garden for Peace, and begin a series of programs focused on cultivating peace and global understanding. We will also celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on Thursday September 14 at the garden with tea and paper crane folding.

Launch of the  Peace Crane Project: Pasadena Chapter
Sunday, August 6, 2pm-4pm
at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Mindfulness Meditation Returns
Friday, August 4th
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
In The Niko-an Teahouse  

Instructor Debra Dysart says, "The ever-changing beauty of the Japanese garden provides a unique meditation experience for both beginners and experienced meditators alike, offering fertile ground for our sense perceptions to keep bringing us back to the present moment.  Leading mindfulness awareness practice in this place is the high point of my week!"

Sign up for a series of five classes on the
Programs and Reservations page of the website.


We have fun and we need you!  
You can now apply on the website to be one of our valued volunteers.  Click on this image on the home page and send us an application, or click here now.  


Take a docent tour--free with admission at 11:00 a.m. or 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.    

Experience the peace of the garden on Open Thursday and 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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