Uesugi Takeo, Nakajima Ken, Consolidated Garden Research
Tues - Sun, 10am - 4pm
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The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego has its roots in the 1915 World Exposition. After the Exposition, strong community interest kept the Japanese Tea Pavilion open for thirty years within Balboa Park, San Diego's Culture Center. The formation of San Diego's Sister City relationship with Yokohama in 1950, one of the oldest such relationships in the U.S., this garden was constructed as a physical representation of the bonds that had been formed.
The garden hosts a hands-on garden workshop each spring, allowing students to construct various components of Japanese gardens under the tutelage of some of the world's most esteemed Japanese master gardeners and master designers,
including the master gardener of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, and Dr. Uesugi, 14th generation master garden designer. The garden hosts various other events throughout the year.
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Petitti, Nancy Murcko. "The Japanese Friendship Garden In Balboa Park: The Evolution of an Idea." Master's thesis, San Diego State University, 1994.
With the south wind a gentle goddess came.
She soaked the bronze, she soaked the fountain,
She soaked the swallow's belly and its feathers of gold.
She hugged the tide, lapped the sand, drank the fish.
Secretly she soaked the temple, the bath-house, the theatre,
The confusion of her platinum lyre --
the tongue of the goddess -- secretly.
Soaked my tongue.
Nishiwaki Junzaburô trans. by Bownas and Thwaite 20th century