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Designed by noted landscape architect Bob Murase, the garden is maintained by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation. .74 acre garden located near Olympia City Hall. It features stone lanterns, pagoda, and pathways, reflecting pool, waterfall, and bamboo plantings. The stone ornaments are gifts from Olympia’s sister city, Yashiro. The garden also contains picnic facilities.
Culminating seven years of planning and work, the garden represents a joint effort of the Olympia-Yashiro Sister City Association and the City of Olympia. The garden is symbolic of the ties between Olympia and Yashiro, Japan. Dedication of the garden was May 6, 1990, following a two-year construction effort of 75 volunteers. Robert Murase’s park design defines a true Japanese garden as “a visionary expression about our connectedness to nature and earth.” The specific placement of plants, water and stone carries a message of land stewardship, nature, religious thought, friendship, compassion, cultural exchange and understanding.
Yashiro Japanese Garden is located at 1010 Plum St. SE, just south of City Hall.
Garden Brochure: http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/Parks/ParksAndTrails/Yashiro%20brochure.pdf?la=en
To learn more about the y Association, visit their website at http://olympiakatosca.org/