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A Wonderful New Year

We Hope You Will Join Us For A Beautiful Night in April


(Please Note: The garden will be CLOSED December 21 through January 4 and there will be no Open Days during that time.)
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster 

Open Day Last Sunday 
January 29 from 10am to 4pm 
$7.50 online / $10 at the gate 

Join us for a day of music, art and crafts 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 .

Bring your children and pick up one of our new Family Fun Guides or participate in a Treasure Hunt. Both were created by our clever docents to make exploring the garden even more fun for families .
12pm - 3pm: Chinese Lantern-Making
Learn how to make different kinds of traditional Chinese paper lanterns with members of the garden's Asian Arts Council.

12pm - 3pm: Korean Minhwa Folk Painting and Tapestry Workshops  
Enjoy a rare chance to learn to create traditional paintings and tapestries with trained instructors. (Sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles)

1pm - 1:45pm: Japanese New Year's Ikebana Arrangement Demonstration  
Learn about traditional Japanese flower arranging with Hiromi Sato and Katey Ho, of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana. (Sponsored by Yvonne Chang of the Storrier Stearns Asian Arts Council)

2pm - 2:45pm: Koto and Harp Musical Performance
Enjoy uplifting melodies performed on the strings by master performers Saeko Kujiraoka and Miriam Suzuki of the
Koto and Harp Duo . (Sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles)     
Also on Sunday...
The Citron Trunk Sale will return for the celebration in January from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Citron transforms silk and other textiles into contemporary, wearable works of art inspired by Asian traditional patterns. Buying something beautiful helps the garden too since a portion of the sales is donated.

Sunny Stevenson,
Pasadena's most beloved storyteller, will be with us to share her favorite children's stories from Japan. (Time to be announced)

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 receive free admission.
Children 12 and under are also free.The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.

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.

Jazz on Second Sundays
A special series presented  
by David Arnay

Starting January 8
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
(Reservations available January 3rd - $20)

On Second Sundays in the months to come, pianist and composer, David Arnay will present a series of afternoon concerts featuring some of the greatest artists of the L.A. jazz scene. On Sunday, January 8th, David plays with his own trio, performing a program of original and progressive jazz. The group includes percussionist Aaron Serfaty and bassist Jeff D'Angelo .
Hurry! Friday Classes Start January 6th
Register Here

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.

  Poets on Site, led by Kath Abela Wilson, invites you to stop by on Thursdays to take part in their weekly poetry workshops at the garden, with beautiful flute music by Rick Wilson adding to the ambiance of the day. The poets gather from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to take inspiration from the garden and read their poems.


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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