April 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Bodhi Festival 2014

8,000 pound, 9-foot tall solid Jade Buddha statue is on display in Miami through April 13th. This is the largest hand-carved sculpture in the world and is valued at $5 million dollars. The temple site will be open to the public through April 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Get tickets here. You can also purchase tickets at the gate.

Jade Buddha in the Japanese Garden from @MaxineViktor

Jade Buddha in the Japanese Garden via @MaxineViktor

Highlighted activities for the weekends of April 5th-6th and April 12th-13th will offer visitors a variety of Asian entertainment, featuring Chinese Lion Dance, Tibetan Snow Lion Dance, Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine and Indian Persian Folk Dance, Tibetan Monks Cultural Dance, Arts and Crafts, Organic Food, Plants and Exotic cuisine, the Dragon Boat Display, performances by Japanese Taiko drummers, Yoga and martial arts demonstrations.

Drepung monks presented Snow Lion performance from @JadeBuddhaPeace

Drepung monks presented Snow Lion performance via @JadeBuddhaPeace

Visitors can treat their palates to cuisine from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Iran, Korea, Laos, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. There will be kabobs, papaya salad, fried rice, lo mein noodles, finger foods such as sausage puffs, fried taro root, fried plantains, and fried purple yams, sticky rice in bamboo, char-coaled rice cakes, Pad Thai, curries, Boca/Bubble drinks by Boca Bubble Tea, lychee ice cream, Chang beer, dessert, and more!

Monks in the Japanese Garden from @MaxineViktor

Monks in the Japanese Garden via @MaxineViktor

A Closing Ceremony will be held Sunday April 13th at 5pm with the Snow Lion Dance along with chanting from all Spiritual Sectors, and a full ceremony of the Sand Mandala Destruction for Universal Peace is to be followed.

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History: In 2000, a massive boulder of Jade was discovered in the arctic circle of Canada. Consisting of 18 tons of gemstone quality jade, it was called “the find of the millennium” and was given the name “Polar Pride.” Over the next five years professional carvers and artists sculpted and hand-carved the 5-ton Jade boulder into a spectacular 7-foot high Buddha, including the lotus and throne. Today, the magnificent and spiritual icon is honored as a wonder in the present-day world.

Green Tara unveiled for her first showing in USA via @JadeBuddhaPeace

Green Tara unveiled for her first showing in USA via @JadeBuddhaPeace

ChakraSamvara, Unity is Change and the City of Miami are honored to host the 2014 Tour of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. Please call (305) 672-8740 for more information or email [email protected]

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The Jade Buddha is ready for Miami via @JadeBuddhaPeace

Celebrating its visit to South Florida at a Public Opening Ceremony Saturday, April 5th at 10am, monks and spiritual leaders from all traditions – Jewish, Muslim, Hinduism, Catholic communities and area dignitaries – chanted prayers and hymns. Tribute songs of universal peace “Imagine” and “We Are the World” were sung, and the popular sand mandala was consecrated by Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery, as part of their opening dedication for Universal Peace. A multicultural festival that will give visitors a full range of spiritual awakening activities, entertainment and rays of different cultural and organic, healthy food continues through April 13th.

Bodhi Fest Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years. Parking is $8 per vehicle across the street in the marina lot. (305) 672-8740 for information.

January 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Martial Arts, Magic, Music & More. All Free!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at the Ichimura-Miami Japanese Garden

FREE FESTIVAL, fun for the entire family! See and participate in several disciplines of the Martial Arts. Be amazed by Master Magician Shoot Ogawa. See an Ikebana demonstration and listen to the exciting Taiko Drummers. All Free!

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Please contact Rick DelVecchio for booth and sponsorship information 305-992-0703

This event is made possible with the support of Richo, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Armstrong Ford, City of Miami Parks, Jungle Island and Lan Pan Asian Cuisine.

October 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »

On November 17, 2013, the Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden celebrates Shichi Go San with a Martial Arts demonstration and Ikebana demonstration. Children will have the opportunity for photos, there will be traditional Japanese Taiko drumming, paper theater, a magic show. Food tent, arts & crafts, gift shop and calligraphy too. Please join us, this festival is free and open to the public.

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April 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »

Kaito Brothers/Shamidaiko • Anime Party
Ikebana Demonstration • Fushu Daiko Drummers

You’re invited to Celebrate Spring with music, food, entertainment and more at the Japanese Garden May 5th, 2013. This festival is free and open to all.

January 15th, 2013 | No Comments »

free martial arts demonstration

See the Champions Perform

January 27, 2013

2012 North America Cup, US National Champion and USA Team Member – Joseph Martinez, Sensei
2012 US Open Champion and USA TEAM Member – Ariel Torres, Sensei
2012 US National Champion – Anthony Cabrera, Sempai
2012 USA Open Champion – Isabella Pacheco, Sempai
2012 USA Open and US National Champion, Chelsea Hurtado


  • Ikebana Demonstration
  • Children’s Corner: Japanese games, arts and crafts
  • Fusyu Daiko Drummers
  • Gift Shop, Food and Beverage for purchase

Sponsorship & Booth information 786-457-6446


May 21st, 2011 | No Comments »
japanese flying fish

The Famous Flying Fish

It really was a beautiful, cloudless day. Thanks for coming out.

May 14th, 2011 | No Comments »

Gagaku, Japanese Court Music

Gagaku, Japanese Court Music

Gagaku, ancient Japanese court music, entranced the crowd

May 14th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

The traditional Japanese sword

The traditional Japanese sword

The crowd stepped back as the traditional Japanese sword was demonstrated

May 14th, 2011 | No Comments »

Kami Shibai or Paper Theatre

Kami Shibai or Paper Theatre

Kami Shibai or Paper Theatre, was a real hit with children and adults alike

May 14th, 2011 | No Comments »

Martial Arts Demonstration

Martial Arts Demonstration

Talented kids impressed the crowd with their mastery of martial arts