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Kyoto Meditation Garden
URL:Goto this web site  http://www.omniplex.org/ 
Name:Kyoto Meditation Garden 



 
Alternate Name:Omniplex Gardens and 
Address:2100 NE 52nd Street 
Mailing Address: 
City:Oklahoma City 
State:Oklahoma 
Postal Code:73111 
Country:UNITED STATES 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=35.523987; long=-97.475331
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Weather:current weather 
Phone:+1.405.427.5461 
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Construction Period: -  
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
Hours:Tuesday - Saturday, 9am -6pm; Sunday 11am - 6pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day 
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Added to JGarden:6/26/2001 
Last Updated:6/26/2001 
JGarden Description:Located in the Omniplex Science Center. The garden was constructed by Oklahoma's Sister State, Kyoto-hu.

A gift to Oklahoma from the perfectual government of Kyoto, Japan in celebration of their "sister-state" affiliation, the meditation garden was completed in September 1985. The garden was built by master gardeners from Kyoto Perfectual Landscape Gardening Cooperative Association, who voluntarily paid their own way to Oklahoma City to build the 1,110-square-foot garden in just three weeks. Over 30 tons of building material were brought over from Japan, including: rock, stone, tile and a 300 year-old Kasuga-style lantern. The garden was designed to show friendship and goodwill between the Kyoto Perfecture and Oklahoma City.

The foundations of the garden are the stone structure with other elements build up around these. The garden contains one grass island complete with a redbud tree, symbolizing Oklahoma, which is connected to another grass island symbolizing Kyoto by a wooden bridge which symbolizes friendship. The islands are separated by a trail of gravel which represents the ocean that separates the two. The garden also includes a waterfall (taki) and tsukubai water basin. 




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

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