SOURCE: Hakone Foundation

Hakone Foundation

March 22, 2011 17:24 ET

Date Change -- Hakone Estate and Gardens to Support Japan Relief Efforts

Candlelight Vigil and Fund Drive to Aid Victims of Earthquake and Tsunami

SARATOGA, CA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - The Hakone Foundation is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and the devastation and suffering caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami. With its strong ties to Japan, Hakone is a natural focal point for local efforts to help out in this time of need. The Foundation is pleased to both facilitate donations, and conduct a public show of support and solidarity.

Hakone will hold a candlelight vigil on MONDAY, March 28, from 6:30-8:00 pm in the gardens. Reverend Enyu Ito, a resident Buddhist priest from the Myofukuji Temple, Kyoto, will conduct a program in which his Zen students will participate, Traditional music will be played, candles will be lit and participants will be able to show their solidarity with, and support for, the people of Japan. Donations to the relief fund will be collected at the event.

Where:   Hakone Estate and Gardens
    21000 Big Basin Way
    Saratoga, CA 95070
    (408) 741-4994
    Monday, March 28 6:30-8:00 pm
Visitor Fees:   Waived during the candlelight vigil
Parking:   Shuttle service will be provided from downtown Saratoga at 6 pm at the corner of Big Basin Way and 3rd Street.

In addition, visitors to Hakone can make donations for Japanese relief efforts via a donation box located at the Gift Shop. Hakone has also placed links on its website to make it easy for donors to give generously to relief efforts. This link ( is located both on the Visit Us page and on the News and Media page at http://www.hakone.US.

About Hakone Estate and Gardens (www.hakone.US)
Hakone Estate and Gardens is the oldest Japanese and Asian estate garden in the Western Hemisphere. Established in 1915 by San Francisco cultural leaders Oliver and Isabel Stine, it has been selected as one of the prime landmarks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hakone is an authentic replica of Japanese Samurai or Shogun estate gardens, designed by one of the descendents of the Imperial Garden's family members. Today Hakone is emerging as a unique artistic and cultural venue for residents and visitors from throughout the Bay Area, the Americas and the world.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lon Saavedra
    The Hakone Foundation
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