Historic Hakone Estate and Gardens just launched ticket sales for its final Centennial Gala, taking place Sept. 17, 2017 from 5 – 9:30 pm in the gardens, and raising funds to continue preserving the historic landmark for future generations.
The Gala, sponsored by Wing Nien Foods, culminates three years of centennial celebrations around Hakone’s inspiration and creation by the Stine family. The event, which takes place around the new moon, promises to be a magical night under the stars, immersing guests in the cultural treasure’s rich history, complete with Japanese entertainment, Asian cuisine and of course, sake. This year they’ll pay tribute to the last owners of Hakone, as well as former Mayor William “Bill” Glennon, without whom Hakone – would not have opened to the public. Glennon passed away in January and will be represented by his wife Sue. NBC-11’s Robert Handa will serve as Master of Ceremony for the event - which costs $200 per person -- with proceeds benefitting the Hakone Foundation. The foundation’s dedicated team works tirelessly to conserve and enhance Hakone Estate and Gardens for the enjoyment and benefit of the public, preserving its Japanese cultural authenticity for future generations, and serving as a global forum for art, music, culture, and ideas.
The evening’s program will include arias and show tunes by renowned Japanese soprano Keiko Kagawa, traditional Chinese music by Emily Lin and Emma Lin, and the Far East Dragon and Lion Dance Association. Special welcome and remarks will be made by Ann Waltonsmith, Hakone Foundation Board Chairperson, Saratoga Mayor Emily Lo, and Jun Yamada, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco. Everyone will feast at a gourmet Chinese banquet, and can participate in a silent auction for amazing Japanese art, clothing, liquor, trips, gifts and more. Tickets are on sale now at Hakone’s Gift Shop, located on the estate at 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070, or online at https://www.hakone.com