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Seattle Japanese Garden by Kenichiro Armstrong
Transcript of Seattle Japanese Garden by Kenichiro Armstrong
People in Seattle wanted the Washington Park Arboretum to have a Japanese garden. Although local officials agreed, because of WWII construction was delayed.
Once WWII was over, Kiyoshi Inoshita and Juki Iida designed and built the garden.
Mr. Iida wanted the garden to open up in 1964, the 100th year anniversary of Japan opening diplomatic relations, so he hoped to delay construction but officials disagreed.
Mr. Iida based the garden off another garden in Japan (which one is unknown).
The Seattle Japanese Garden had environmental, political, and cultural impacts on Washington state.
The Japanese Garden was to be 3.5 acres in area
It was supposed to, and does have, a tea house which was built in Japan, it got deconstructed, then was rebuilt in the garden.
The Stones in the garden were taken from Bandera mountain, which is near Snoqualmie pass.
Two lanterns were sent from Kobe, a city in Japan.
The garden has hundreds of plants, most native to Japan.
Most of the construction was done by Japanese American gardeners.
Most people believed it will take 3 years to finish the garden, it took only 4 months.
In June of 1960 the Seattle Japanese Garden was the first Japan-related, public location opened after World War II.
At the Garden, certain Japanese Holidays are celebrated.
There is Children's day (Kodomo-no-hi) which is on May 31st.
There is Tanabata, a holiday based off an old japanese legend, on July 11th.
There is the Moon Viewing Festival (otsukimi) which is on Augest 29th.
There is Respect For Elders day (Keiro no hi) which is on September 14th.
Lastly there is the Maple Viewing Festival (Konohagari) on October 11th.
One environmental impact is where the garden is was a landfill so under the garden is a ton of super old trash. The super old trash can cause liquefaction which is a hazard during an earthquake. But the only way they can clean the trash is by destroying the garden.
A political impact was that it was the first Japan-related public location opened after WWII, which helped heal the rift between America and Japan.
A political impact is that one of the trees in the garden was planted by the now-Empress of Japan, building a closer relationship between Japan and America.
A cultural impact is that the garden is used to introduce some Japanese cultural events and holidays to Americans.
A cultural impact was this garden influenced many other gardens, not just Japanese, all over Washington.
Seattle Japanese Garden
By Kenichiro Armstrong
In conclusion, the Seattle Japanese Garden had environmental, political, and cultural impacts on Washington state.