Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden
In Manito Park and Botanical Gardens
One of the Parks Of Spokane, Washington

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden is a place where nature, tranquility and beauty come together. The garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to one half hour before dusk, April 1st through October 31st. The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden was completed in 1974 and symbolizes the friendship of Spokane and its sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan. The well-known Japanese landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai, who at one time was in charge of the Imperial Palace grounds, was enlisted to design the garden in 1967. Construction of the waterfall and pond began in 1970. Late in 1973, after the original architect suffered a stroke, two landscape architects from Kobe, Japan, Shosuke Nagai and Hirohiko Kawai, were contracted to complete the garden, which was dedicated by both cities on May 17, 1974. [from spokane city website]
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The Sign
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This sign marked the entry to "Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden."


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The Rules
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Another sign spelled out the rules:

This Garden is intended to be a place for personal reflection and tranquility.
Please show respect for the garden and other guests and abide by the following rules:
1. Stay on the paved or gravel pathways
2. No commercial or portrait photography
3. No tripods or reflectors
4. No running, cycling, or skating
5. No food allowed
6. No dogs allowed


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Dedication Plaque
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A bronze dedication plaque hung on a wooden fence just inside the entrance. A more comprehensive list of rules hung to the right of the plaque.


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Koi Swam In Pond
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Koi swam in a lovely green pond that was central to the garden.


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Large Boulders
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Large boulders decorated the margin of the pond. Their reflections complimented the koi.


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A Small Island
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A small island floated in the center of the pond.


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A Koi
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A koi swam in the pond. Grass floating atop the pond resembled a Japanese ideograph.


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Fosseen Lantern
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Fosseen Lantern was a gift from Mayor Yoneji Yagi and the Isamu Otani Family and the people of Nishinomiya, Spokane's sister City, dedicated on August 5, 1989.


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A Bench
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A lone bench, alongside the path around the pond, provided a place to rest and to contemplate.


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A Bridge
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A bridge over the center of the pond was built of wood with bronze finials.


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View Of Pond
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(Date Photographed: 11:45:27 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
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A view of the pond as seen through low trees and bushes.


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Bridge And Boulder Reflected
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The bridge and a boulder in the center of the pond were reflected on the mirror-smooth pond surface.


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