Help Raise Funds to Restore the Japanese Friendship Garden

This uniquely wonderful park deserves your support

$1,185 raised

$5,000 goal

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UPDATE: January, 2018

Below you will find a brief update from San Jose's department of Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) regarding the restoration:

"For the past 10 months PRNS, Public Works, and the City's Office of Emergency Management have been working jointly to scope the 25 repair projects that need to be completed as a result of the February 2017 floods. This has included coordinating with the city's insurance carriers, with FEMA, and with consultants to verify and document the damage, prepare cost estimates of the damage and necessary repairs, and develop a work plan to move forward to construction.

At this time, the damage assessments and project scoping are complete and the real work of designing the improvements is beginning. For the Tea House at the Japanese Friendship Garden the following is our current schedule:

  • Design completion: end of May 2018
  • Bid open: mid June 2018
  • Construction start: September 2018
  • Construction completion December 2018

While this could change depending on the various circumstances that will inevitably arise during construction, we are hopeful that the work will be complete by the end of next year."


The Japanese Friendship Garden is a very unique and wonderful space in Silicon Valley. Amid the frenzy of activity and industry that characterizes life in our community, this space is tranquil, peaceful, and ideal for escape and reflection. Beyond its beauty, this park is a gift from one of our sister city's, Okayama, Japan.

The two cities are actually celebrating the 60-year Anniversary of the relationship. During that time, this garden has hosted millions of visitors who enjoyed its serenity, as well as thousands of weddings, receptions, family gatherings and other special occasions.

The flooding in 2017 has had a profound impact on the space, including several damaging the Tea House, which has been the site of our annual Summer Soiree fundraising event. We need to help restore this community treasure. Your donations will help.

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