PRESS RELEASE – Visitors are invited to celebrate the vibrant colors of fall in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the Fall Japanese Festival on Nov. 4-5. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Garden’s opening in 1973.

Activities and performances for this year’s festival include:

  • Taiko Drummers at the Horseshoe Garden, both days at 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Japanese Swordsmanship with GK Sugai, who will perform both days at the Shelter House at 1 p.m.
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony demonstrations in the Oak Hall both days, four times each day (additional fee applies)
  • Five food trucks, three dessert trucks, and traditional food that will be prepared by the Japanese Society and available for purchase at the Japanese Pavilion
  • Origami and Calligraphy demonstrations

Today, the seven-and-a-half-acre garden is a far cry from its rustic beginnings as a gravel pit 50 years ago. The iconic oasis is a fan favorite with its combination of peaceful Koi-filled pools, Japanese and native plants and trees, and beautiful spaces that promote a feeling of relaxation and harmony for thousands of visitors each year.

Entrance to the festival is FREE with general admission. Tickets purchased online are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this very popular event.

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