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For more than one hundred years, the Japanese Garden at the Huntington has served as a bellwether for the West's engagement with Asian culture. With its distinctive moon bridge, wisteria arbors, koi-filled ponds, bonsai courts, bamboo forest, and historical Japanese House, this nine-acre garden has captivated visitors so much that it has become one of the most photographed spots in Southern California. This lavishly illustrated volume explores the garden's history, from its development for the Huntington estate as a display of fashionable, cultivated taste, to its quiet deterioration and neglect during World War II, to its resurgence in the 1950s as a showcase for Japanese culture and garden arts. Just before its centennial, the garden and its Japanese House underwent a comprehensive renovation. The highlight of its new features is a ceremonial teahouse, Seifu-an (Arbor of Pure Breeze), set within a traditionally landscaped tea garden.
Contributors: Kendall H. Brown, James Folsom, Naomi Hirahara, Robert Hori, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA
Author T. June Li joined the Huntington in 2004 to establish the historical and cultural context for the Chinese garden, the first phase of which opened in 2008. Previously, she had been associate curator of Chinese and Korean art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At the Huntington as curator of Liu Fang Yuan, June founded a series of educational and music programs that explore the many facets of Chinese garden culture, including its relationship to Japan and other East Asian countries.
Hardcover, 192 pages.