Bronze Buddha, pagoda, the murmur of water in the Creek, flowering blossoms and the heady scent of Wisteria in the heart of San Francisco.
Located in Golden Gate Park, the harmonious Japanese tea garden is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco.
The garden is decorated with beautiful statues and structures, including a large pagoda. The first Japanese tea garden San Francisco was founded by art dealer George Turner Marsh as the Winter Fair of 1894. This made San Francisco the center of international attention. Garden of 40 acres was intended only for show, like many other structures of Golden gate Park. Upon completion of the fair, all it had to be dismantled.
One of the most famous Japanese residents of San Francisco, a wealthy landscape designer Baron Makoto Hagiwara decided to make an effort to make the garden permanent. The city agreed and Hagiwara developed a traditional design not unlike the gardens in his native country. He turned a small garden in dvuhkonturniy a permanent exhibition of exotic animals, statues and other structures that are important for the image of a classical Japanese garden.
The garden was supported by Huziwara and his descendants up to the Second world war, after which the family landscape designer have been moved to one of the many camps created for Japanese Americans during the turbulent war years. During this era, the garden became known as the Oriental Tea Garden. In 1952, the original name was restored, but during the absence of the family Kajiwara garden in ruins.
Tea Garden today
Today, the Japanese tea garden is an important and very popular part of Golden gate Park, annually attracting tens of thousands of visitors. In Japan, gardens are considered the highest form of artistic thought. Not surprisingly, the design of this garden with winding paths, numerous fountains, bridges, plants and trees is a genuine sense of calm.
The main pond surrounded by bonsai trees, and near the long bridge boasts a magnificent Buddha. Flooded gardens are decorated with stone lanterns and rhododendron, and a Zen Garden is a dry landscape with a miniature rock waterfall and white river gravel. Colorful pagoda located in the centre of the complex surrounded by a traditional rock garden and teahouse invites guests to enjoy the peace and warm aromatic drink. Particularly popular are the traditional fortune cookies.
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