This 6-acre garden was patterned after Korakuen in Okayama, San Jose's sister city. It's open park-like plan is different from the stereotypical Japanese garden, but this one still includes familiar elements such as koi ponds, streams, waterfall, and a teahouse. Plantings include cherries, acer palmatum, willow, irises and redwood.
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Years ago I went into retirement
and built this place beside the mountain.
Among the trees there is no worldly noise;
beneath the eaves, the tranquil flow of a stream...
Ishikawa Jozan founder of Shisendo trans. by Jonathon Chaves 17th century