welcome to
Shimmer In The Garden

a fundraiser for the historic Japanese Tea Garden


  • 5pm–7pm | cocktail hour
    • silent auction opens at 5pm
  • 7pm | welcome remarks
    • Mary Jane Verette, President & CEO of the San Antonio Parks Foundation
  • 7:30pm | main program
    • Ann Enkoji, SAPF Board Member and Daughter of Mabel Jingu Enkoji & Renso Enkoji
  • 8pm-9:00pm | Jingu open house, mix and mingle
    • entree stations close at 8pm
    • silent auction closes at 8pm, winners announced at 8:45pm
sounds provided by Rambo Salinas | @viaja_satx


  • pork or mushroom steam buns
  • vegetable spring rolls
  • pork gyoza
  • firecracker shrimp
  • Japanese street corn
  • tenderloin, seafood, or vegetable yakitori
  • vegetarian noodle cup
  • mango sticky rice 
  • mochi
please visit the bars for featured cocktails, spirits, wine and beer, and the sake station for specialty beverage sampling

The San Antonio Parks Foundation is incredibly grateful for your support and contributions to our mission as we work to demonstrate the power, purpose, and potential of our public green spaces. We hope you enjoy this special evening as we celebrate the legacy and future of the Japanese Tea Garden.

Organized in 1981, the San Antonio Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support and enhance parks in San Antonio and Bexar County. Guided by a City Council approved management agreement, SAPF manages the Japanese Tea Garden year-round underwriting programming and improvements. Your contribution helps support our core values of conservation, equity, community, education, people, and culture.

thank you to our table sponsors.


Big Sun



Parks & Rec



Ken Kuwamura

Parallel: A Brand Agency

SAPF Board of Directors

download the app
and explore.

Designed for users of all ages, the app includes a wealth of information including a visual history of the garden, a map of the garden, and AR locations. The six augmented reality experiences include a selfie with Kokoro the flying dragon, the release of a custom-colored koi into the ponds, and an insight into the Japanese tea ceremony.

Open 7 AM to 5 PM Daily ·  Free Admission

office 210.212.4814


3853 n. st. mary’s st,
san antonio, tx 78212

Photo Permit
Until further notice, no photo permit is required to take photos at the Japanese Tea Garden.

The upper garden and pavilion areas of the historic Japanese Tea Garden and the Jingu House restaurant are accessible by ramp. The lower garden is accessible only by stairs. There are designated accessible parking in the Japanese Tea Garden parking lot.