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JAPANESE TEA GARDEN
BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF JAPANESE CULTURE

Drum BridgeMy favorite place in Golden Gate Park has always been the Japanese Tea Garden with its exotic monuments, buildings, statues, and bridges. As a child, I felt as though I had been magically transported to Japan as soon as I passed through the entrance gate (one of three gates built by Japanese craftsmen without the use of nails). My sister and I loved climbing the Drum Bridge, drinking green tea in the tea house with our mother, and watching the goldfish swim in the pond. The bronze statue of Buddha always seemed very wise and mysterious. I even wanted to live in the Buddhist Pagoda when I grew up! As an adult, I've learned to appreciate the beautiful flowers (including wisteria, irises, chrysanthemums, and hydrangeas) and trees (cherry blossom, Japanese maples, black and red pines), but I still like climbing the Drum Bridge.

San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. It was originally developed for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. Makoto Hagiwara, a landscape gardener, designed most of the garden, and was the official caretaker. His family lived in a house in the Sunken Garden area until 1942 when they were evicted during World War II. Today the Japanese Tea Garden is one of the most visited attractions in San Francisco.

     
Buddha Statue
Pagoda
Zen Garden
Bronze Buddha Statue
Buddhist Pagoda
Zen Garden


     
Japanese Tea Garden
      Linda Flanagan
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