Upcoming Events

November 5, 2014

Building Bridges by Tomoyo Ihaya

Building Bridges: over a Hundred Rivers
by Tomoyo Ihaya

Nov 5 – Dec 3
Opening Nov 8 from 2 – 4pm
Artist in attendance

Included with Garden admission

Tomoyo Ihaya, internationally renowned artist, creates an exhibit of drawings inspired by 8 years of traveling for artistic research in India. One of the main themes of research was focused on daily chores and rituals around water, such as water fetching. By witnessing how people live with water, an essential of life, Tomoyo expresses what life is all about. During her travels, Tomoyo encountered numerous rivers in the fields and mountains of India and crossed numerous bridges. In remote areas, bridges were the only means to reach a community on the other side of a wide river. Both the bridge and the crossing of bridges have come to hold much symbolic meaning for Tomoyo. Admire additional themes of reconciliation, reuniting and crossing of borders (bridges) and their relationship to increasing migrations of refugees also come through Tomoyo’s work.

A bridge connects, and also, to go across is to cross to the other side of life” – Tomoyo Ihaya



Start: November 5, 2014 10:00 am
End: December 3, 2014 4:30 pm

December 4, 2014

Mah Jongg: the art of the game


Mah Jongg: the art of the game

Dec 4, 2014 – Jan 11, 2015
Opening and Book Launch Dec 7 from 2 – 4pm

Author in attendance

Included with Garden admission
Free for Garden members

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is pleased to present an exhibition on Mah Jongg. Originally from China, some myths suggest that Confucius invented the game in 500 BC, while historians believe it is an evolution of a card game played during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Despite the disagreement on its origins, it has nonetheless been enjoyed by countless generations. The artwork on the tiles themselves, as well as the various materials they have been rendered from over the years, has fascinated and excited collectors for decades. The Garden is pleased to exhibit a special collector’s personal collection. In conjunction, we will also be launching “Mah Jongg: the art of the game”, a book by Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain.

“Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles.

When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also in Africa and New Zealand. As their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in, the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets and accoutrements from the most basic, made of paper, to some of the most opulent sets made of precious materials. Recognized and respected scholars, game experts and great collectors have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces.

Start: December 4, 2014 10:00 am
End: January 11, 2015 4:30 pm

December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
in Partnership with the Secret Lantern Society proudly presents:
Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 21, 2014
from 6pm – 10pm at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Online at https://wintersolstice-2014.eventbrite.ca
(must bring ticket printout)
$5 per person
OR $10 for a family (2 adults + 2 children)

Garden Members will receive express entrance from 6:00-6:30pm and complimentary hot beverage.

This winter impress your holiday guests as the World’s Top City Garden celebrates Winter Solstice. To astonish and excite are the goals of the evening as we carry on this ancient Chinese tradition with handcrafted glowing lanterns, musical performances, spicy dragon tea and tasty treats. Bring back the light into the longest night of the year with your family and friends.

What is Winter Solstice?

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have celebrated the Winter Solstice – the time when winter reaches its depths, and when days begin to grow longer as nature heralds the spring. In China, the Winter Solstice celebration (dong zhi) is a time when family and friends gather together, exchange gifts, eat, drink and laugh long into the deep dark night. There is a Chinese proverb that signifies its importance:  冬大過年 (Winter Solstice is more important than Lunar New Year).

Dong zhi is linked to the Chinese belief in the balance of the opposing elements of yin and yang. The yin qualities of darkness and cold reach their fullest on Winter Solstice. However, with the fullness of yin comes a turning point – a rebirth – as darkness gives way to the yang qualities of light and warmth, when winter waxes and spring approaches.



Start: December 21, 2014 6:00 pm
End: December 21, 2014 10:00 pm
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