City and ‘Friends’ unveil restored pagoda in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department unveiled the restored pagoda in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. City staff, government representatives, park advocates and Japanese American community members gathered Sept. 28 to celebrate the restoration of the 107-year-old structure in the 127-year-old five-acre Japanese garden. “I’m 55 and I just got a hip […]

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 […]

San Francisco’s ‘jewel’ shines at grand opening of Jack Hirose Tea House

Since Carol Murata took over as the concessionaire of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 2009, the destination point has experienced a brilliant renovation, thanks in large part to a generous donation from late philanthropist Jack Hirose. Murata aims to provide an authentic and attractive locale for visitors. The tea […]