Virtual Programs Organized by Our Members

Check out these amazing programs organized by NAJGA members! (programs are listed by date)

Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) Lecture Series
Saturdays, Nov. 14th- Dec 5th (click on link for times)
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Click on the link above to register and for descriptions of each lecture. 
For JFGSD’s full list of programs, please visit

Worlds Within Rocks/Rocks Within Worlds with Dr. Vincent Covello
Saturday November 21st, 10:00 -13:00 PST
Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association
For thousands of years, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese collectors have sought out stones sculptured by nature that possess two highly prized qualities: beauty and a suggestive shape, such as a mountain, island, plateau, cove, or cliff. Dr. Vincent Covello’s presentation will consider how rocks, as suggestive objects, play a role in people’s aesthetic, emotional, and intellectual lives. He will discuss how suggestive rocks (called suiseki in Japan), as well as tray landscapes (bon-seki or pen-jing) and landscape gardens, all flow from similar impulses. Dr.Vincent Covelo is co-author of “The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation: Suiseki and its Use with Bonsai.” He has lectured on Asian art and on the aesthetics of rocks. He has also authored articles on the aesthetics of rocks, including the article “Suiseki and the Aesthetic Pursuit of Wabi, Sabi, Shibui, and Yugen” (Arts of Asia, 25:1, pp. 94-100)

Part II, Sat. Dec. 19th at 1:00 PM PDT (Part I was on Nov 14th)
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

Exploration of self, community, and larger human and natural systems, grounded in our personal relationship to place as a point of connection with others. We begin within our home communities, whether in San Diego or further afield, and branch out across our larger community and landscapes to build a “greater community that can sustain us as learners in the time of COVID-19. The lectures in this 6 month series will focus on outdoor exploration, food Systems, matter and energy, using essential oils for medicinal purposes and how to shape your mindset to be sustainable without breaking the bank.
For JFGSD’s full list of programs, please visit

Saturday December 12th, 10:00 – 13:00 PST
Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association

Join Peter Thomas Bowyer for a three hour journey through the evolution of the Japanese-style (a.k.a. Sukiya-style) living environment. Throughout we’ll discuss its application to the past, present and future of human adaptation to circumstances such as stress, work and home environments – including your own (open images to share prior to logging on). We’ll draw on audience questions and comments, previous webinars, other published material in hopes of enriching your public and private lives.
Peter has served as Director of this Japanese-style Living Environment webinar series, and as lead architect for Oakland USA – Fukuoka Japan Sister City Gardens in both countries. Peter has been working in home remodeling and horticulture since 1978, starting his own company in 1990, currently DBA Garden Form & Composition, licensed landscape contractor and APA Certified Aesthetic Pruner. You are invited to join him in his continuing study of natural landscapes, landscape architecture and landscape horticulture in appreciation and application of the Japanese-style living environment.

Bridging the Past and Future: 
Nikkei Cultural Legacies in America and the Evolving Role of Japanese Cultural Institutions
Friday, December 18th 5pm-6pm (PST)
Portland Japanese Garden
This panel discussion will address the extent to which the internment camps have impacted the successive generations of Japanese-Americans in the modern era. Speakers include critically-acclaimed members of the Japanese-American community – a leader in modern U.S.-Japan intellectual exchanges, Daniel Okimoto, curator and filmmaker, Karen Ishizuka, and social justice advocate, June Shumann. This panel will also examine the changing role of Japanese-American museums and organizations as catalysts that bridge together generations, cultures, and perspectives, with hope for peace and mutual understanding. This panel will be moderated by Portland Japanese Garden’s Aki Nakanishi, the Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education

If you learn of other virtual programming or resources that would benefit the NAJGA community, please let us know so that we can share them. 

*Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens  (Photo by Heather Grzybek)