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Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society

Board of Directors

Dawn Sugimoto

Dawn Sugimoto


Chiye Kinjo

Vice President

Timothy Koba


Erin Crane

Erin Crane


Rick Williams

Gideon Fujiwara

Dr. Gideon Fujiwara

Janet Adachi-Elkjaer

Rob Janzen

Rachel Hopf

Dr. Carly Adams

Visitors who experience our world-class destination will be nurtured by the garden landscape, architecture, and programming, and be inspired by the beauty of our diverse community.

    • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is the destination.
    • The Garden is unique and universal.
    • The Garden will be here as long as the city exists.
    • The Society is the appropriate steward to preserve and maintain the Garden.
    • The Garden represents the community that nurtures it.
    • We maintain a link to the past and a connection to the future.
    • We are the right people to tell the story.
    • Our programming and experiences provide good value for people wanting to return.
    • When people leave the Garden, they will be better and feel healthier than when they came in.

Through harmonious relationships, we grow and preserve the garden.

  • Lethbridge is celebrated and promoted through our work with local businesses and partners, and we are an integral part of a thriving community.
  • Community members steward the Garden through ever-increasing engagement and commitment that will ensure its preservation and growth.
  • Our community members and partners are enriched through the programs and experiences we deliver together.

EDUCATION: seicho 成⻑
People gain a deeper understanding, bridge cultural and generational divides, build an inclusive community, and we are inspired to share their knowledge with others.

  • People who visit us gain an increased understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture and history and collaborations of the Nikkei community in Southern Alberta.
  • People who engage with our Garden experience diversity and inclusivity through bridges to connect with different cultures and generations.
  • People will have an increased understanding and appreciation for landscape architecture and horticulture.

DESTINATION: meisho 名所
Visitors from all over the world experience our unique Southern Alberta culture, energizing our local communities.

  • The Garden is the premier attraction and the main reason people visit Lethbridge.
  • Visiting our Garden is an essential tradition for our Lethbridge & District residents.
  • People are spiritually, mentally and physically healthier because of the social, cultural and horticultural connections and memories they make at the Garden.


AGM Video 2023/2024

Annual General Meeting

2023/2024 AGM Booklet

Our Mission

The Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society, celebrates the influences of people of Japanese ancestry, narrating the history of this region through garden architecture, the natural environment, and the culture in Southern Alberta.

Always a delight to visit the gardens. This year we took part in a Sake Tasting (highly recommend) and enjoyed the festival of lights. There's a great gift shop on site.
TheFoodietravelers V&K
TheFoodietravelers V&K
The winter festival is a nice way to spend 30 minutes of your time. Beautiful lights. If you purchase your tickets at the door you get a cookie and hot chocolate included with your admission price. That is not the same as the online price. It would be nice though if they added a few more places with a little more fires and it would also be nice if you could a full poop. But otherwise a nice little place.
Brenda Impey
Brenda Impey
Japanese Gardens Lethbridge are a delight! The winter lights festival 2024 was enchanting!
Sharalyn Patching
Sharalyn Patching
Beautiful. Loved Loved the theme this year seasons. Seasons in Canada 🇨🇦
Rajesh RJZ
Rajesh RJZ
A good place to visit a light show with family and friends as a relaxed night out. Don't expect big and fancy things. They do provide complimentary drinks and cookies :)
Michael Bruining
Michael Bruining
Went for the light display and it was beautiful. It was an awesome date activity after dinner when it was nice and dark. All the staff were super friendly and helpful.
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