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Added to JGarden:
The Japanese Garden of Peace was given to the people of the United States by the military leaders of Japan in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. The garden includes three basic elements: stone, plants and water. It was, in fact, designed as a replica of Admiral Togo's garden in Japan. Togo's meditation study was duplicated in Japan, disassembled and shipped to Fredericksburg, then reassembled (without nails) by the same craftsmen who built it in Japan.
The black and white stones in front of the building are supposed to represent 'balance of nature, ying, yang'. The raked gravel represents the waves in the ocean and the clumps of stone and green within the area represent the islands in the Pacific. The stream that surrounds the garden represents a single raindrop returning to the ocean.
In the water
Under the pines on shore
Stand the friendly cranes;
A thousand and eight thousand years
Will they live on.
Ike mizu no
Migiwa no matsu no
Chiyo ni yachiyo o
Fujiwara Shigemitsu Kitayama-dono gyokoki trans. by M.V. Otake 1408