2016 / Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Event: Balinese Gamelan Music Aug. 28; Screening “Tampopo” Sept. 7

Forwarded for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden


Experience An Evening In The Garden and Balinese Gamelan Music

Special Extended Hours   This Month for Open Day Last Sunday

August 28, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a multi-cultural experience as we invite the Gamelan musicians of Sanggar Tujunga to perform Balinese music for the first time in our Japanese garden as part of Open Day.

The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m.

“Gamelan” refers to various types of percussion ensembles found in Indonesia with gongs, kettles, drums, bamboo flutes, and metallophones.

The Balinese gamelan is known for fast interlocking melodies, abrupt tempo changes, and flashy yet refined performances.

Sanggar Tujunga is a community gamelan group located in Tujunga, California.

Its members come from different backgrounds ranging from college students, to community members, musicians and other professionals. The group started in 2014 to share and spread excitement for playing Balinese gamelan music.

Balinese Gamelan Music

Balinese Gamelan Music


Also on Open Day Last Sunday

Citron Trunk Sale, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Stay cool inside and shop the trunk sale for timeless, Asian-inspired apparel. The Citron clothing line offers wearable works of art using artisan techniques nspired by cultures around the world.

There will also be available a selection of authentic  Japanese and Indonesian clothing and jewelry, plus Balinese shadow puppets and vintage Japanese items. Light refreshments.

Open Day Last Sunday in August is from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. A docent tour will be offered at 11:00. The concert and trunk show are free with admission. Please make a reservation [https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6H8L3B46LYL2L]  for Open Day on our website for $7.50 (children 18 and under are free).

The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Street parking on surrounding residential streets is prohibited. Please see Planning Your Visit on our website for parking information, map and public transportation options.


Film "Tampopo"

Film “Tampopo”

Japanese Cinema Nights presents “Tampopo” directed by Itami Juzo

Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Free with $10.00 Garden Admission

This month’s cinematic treat is the delightful 1985 film, Tampopo, which tells the tale of a truck driver who stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business.

The main narrative is interspersed with various – often hilarious –  vignettes about the relationship of love, sex and food. This “Noodle Western” was described by the Washington Post as “perhaps the funniest movie about the connection between food and sex ever made.”

Join us for wine, snacks and good company as we enjoy some of Japan’s greatest contributions to cinema. Space is limited, reservations [https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2FPQ9RYD4ANAE] are necessary.

Street parking is prohibited, please follow the signs to park on-site. Gates open at 6:15.



Appraisal Day on Open Thursday, August 25, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bring your Fine Art, Antiques, Prints and Jewelry to be appraised by E&G Fine Art Brokerage and Appraisals  and jewelry specialist, Michael Larsen.

Complimentary valuations will be provided on your first five items.

Appraisals will take place in the house. Reservation [https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9VZGGLURJLVBY] for Open Thursday.


Coming In September–Our First Fundraiser!

Art Fair in the Garden with the Pasadena Society of Artists

Saturday, September 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The garden will launch its first Art Fair in the Garden as a fundraiser to help support its educational and cultural programming.

Works of art will be installed throughout the garden by artists from  the Pasadena Society of Artists, transforming the exquisite Japanese  garden into a unique open-air art gallery.

It is a rare opportunity to enjoy an evening of music, wine and art while supporting the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden.

Works of art will be for sale in the $200-$500 range. Admission is $30. The garden will receive 30% of the proceeds from each sale, funding we need as we continue to bring you new and exciting programming. Reservations [https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=A7TM3UUPQ67U6] required.


Also Coming Up

Enjoy a Tea Ceremony on Open Day Last Sunday in September.  This is one of   few places in Southern California where an authentic Japanese-style tea ceremony can be experienced in the setting of a traditional teahouse and strolling garden. Reservations will be available soon on the website.

Support the garden during our upcoming Membership Drive in September — become a Member and help it blossom into a thriving cultural resource for the community.

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 [mailto:info@japanesegardenpasadena.com] the garden to let us know.

Volunteer in the garden–it’s a beautiful place to work. We have started planning our first gala–join the fun! Or, if you enjoy our programs, become an events assistant and attend for free. To apply, email your interest to: Volunteer! [mailto:info@japanesegardenpasadena.com]  and someone will be in touch with you.

Experience the peace of the garden every week on Open Thursday and on the last Sunday of every month for Open Day. 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 cash or check upon arrival (children under 18 are free.) The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena CA 91105