Shofu-en Japanese Garden celebrates its 40th anniversary on June 23, 2019. 松風園 Shofu-en translates to ‘Garden of Pine and Wind.’

A traditional Japanese stroll garden, Shofu-en was inspired by Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and it features 130 character pines transplanted from the foothills. Designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana, the garden adheres to a traditional Japanese aesthetic, while using native plants and local materials.

Special related programs and displays will take place throughout rest of the year.

Included with admission:

  • Haiku Tree - On view through late October
    Visitors are invited to write a haiku and attach it to the haiku tree in the Japanese Garden, across the path from the pond deck. In Japanese, a haiku poem is usually divided into three groups/lines of syllables, the first and last with five syllables, the second with seven. The "tree" is made to look like a udon noodle drying rack.
  • Then and Now Photos - On view through Dec. 31
    Visitors can look for enlarged historical photographs in the Japanese Garden that show how each location looked in 1979 through the early 1980s.
  • Pikachu and Hello Kitty Meet and Greet - Friday, Oct. 4 and 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Japanese pop culture characters Pikachu and Hello Kitty hang out in the Japanese Garden for photos with visitors. During inclement weather, the characters will be in the Boettcher Memorial Center lobby.