Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Beloved Japanese Garden

During our stay in Los Angeles we also made a trip to The Huntington botanical gardens in Pasadena. This institution founded by Henry E. Huntington opened to the public already in 1928. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants can be found in the different garden areas. The Japanese garden is one of the most beloved. We learned that this garden was a gift from Henry to his wife Arabella, to make it more attractive to stay in this (at that time) hopelessly unexciting place on earth.

The Japanese house in the garden is considered one of the best examples of early twentieth-century Japanese architecture in the United States. Built in Japan, the house has paneled doors to the outside that can be left open or closed to allow inhabitants to enjoy the gardens around them. I was especially happy to find fresh ikebana arrangements in the rooms with tokonoma.

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