Bringing communities together in Japanese gardens to promote peace

 

Join NAJGA in pulling the rake for peace!

Here are some ways you can participate in Gardens for Peace!*

(1) Pull the rake for peace 

If you have a karesansui, click here.

If you don’t have a karesansui, click here.

Other options:

(2) Garden Tour: Hold a tour of your garden that is focused on peace related themes. Examples: Manzanar and Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego.

(3) Origami: Make (or invite your visitors to make) Peace Cranes or Samurai Hats and submit a photo.

(4) Haiku: Write (or invite your visitors) to write haiku and submit a photo.

(5) Wish Tree 

(6) Story Time 

(7) Forest Bathing 

(8) Sound Bath 

(9) Tea Ceremony 

(9) Personal Reflection: Write (or invite your visitors) to write a short personal reflection on peace and submit with a photo of your garden. This could be done in paragraph form or via sentences like the ones from the Kyoto middle school students that first inspired this event. 

(10) Quote: Find (or ask your visitors) to find an inspirational quote on peace and submit with a photo of your garden. 

(11) Letter: Write (or invite your visitors) to write a letter to a local or national government leader advocating for peace.

(12) Whatever you are inspired to do! If you do something else, we just ask that your activity (1) incorporate the G4P design in some way (2) engage with your community (in person or via social media), (3) encourage/promote peace. 

When you are done, please send a photo or video to info@najga.org. 

*Public Gardens- if you are holding a Festival or other events in August or September, consider adding one of the activities above to participate in G4P.