50 years of good will: San Mateo celebrates Japanese Garden anniversary

SAN MATEO, Calif. — For more than 50 years, San Mateo’s Japanese Garden has served as a symbol of good will and cultural appreciation. Throughout August, the city is commemorating the anniversary of the tranquil 1-acre garden with special events such as a bonsai workshop, martial arts demonstration, evening gala and more at Central Park […]

Plan for commemorative garden draws mixed reactions

As part of the 110th anniversary of San Francisco’s Japantown, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California proposes to build a Japanese garden commemorating the Issei pioneers that settled in the neighborhood after the 1906 earthquake. Following a July 7 meeting, the community center held a second informational meeting Aug. 11 at the […]

How to make your Japanese garden drought-resistant

With California facing a historic water shortage, the Nichi Bei Weekly asked award-winning landscape architect Takeo Uesugi and his son, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona landscape architect professor Keiji Uesugi, how one can make their Japanese garden drought-resistant. Here is their reply via e-mail. Nichi Bei Weekly: Given the drought facing California, what type of Japanese […]

Creating a sustainable Japanese garden

Interested in installing a Japanese garden, and don’t know the first thing to do? Or perhaps you appreciate Japanese aesthetics, but want to make a more eco-conscious decision to conserve water by installing a dry Japanese garden with low-water plants? The Nichi Bei Weekly asked internationally recognized landscape architect Dr. Takeo Uesugi and his son, […]

Japanese Gardens at The Huntington reopens after year-long renovation

SAN MARINO, Calif. — The historic Japanese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens reopened to the public April 11. The Japanese garden celebrates its centennial following a year-long renovation and improvement project. The $6.8 million project in the nine-acre garden adds an additional three-quarter-acres to the original garden and a ceremonial […]

Reporting from the Chicago Botanic Garden

Greetings from Chicago, Illinois, where your blogger for Nichi Bei Natural is braving a chilly week with the help of warm friends and family. Headed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden today for a snowy walk around the grounds, and strolled through the popular Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden. Also known as the Sansho-En (it stretches across three […]

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