Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
• 9th Ave South at Mayor Magrath Dr | Lethbridge, AB | T1J 3Z6
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"Experience Japanese culture in a traditional Japanese meditation garden"
September 2007 — "The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden offers an unforgettable experience as it is an authentic, quality Japanese meditation garden where meticulously pruned trees and shrubs are the only flowering plants. The structures were handcrafted in Kyoto, Japan of aromatic yellow cypress, dismantled, and reassembled in Lethbridge without the use of nails. The bronze Friendship Bell and stone lanterns are also from Kyoto and are positioned in accordance with Japanese culture. A host in traditional Japanese clothing greets visitors at the gate and explains the Garden's many features. Weekend programs and events highlight Japanese art and culture including the time honoured Tea Ceremony. From the first spring apple blossom to the final autumn leaf, the Garden is an oasis of tranquility. Special rates are available for tours. "
Designed in the early 1960s by renowned Japanese landscape artist Dr. Tadashi Kubo, the garden stands as a monument to the Japanese Canadians who endured the government enforced relocation of British Columbias Japanese Canadians in 1942. The 4 acre garden opened on July 3, 1966, with the grand opening held on July 14, 1967. In attendance were Prince and Princess Takamatsu, the brother and sister-in-law of Japans Emperor Hirohito. A meandering path joins five traditional Japanese Garden styles, combining trees, shrubs, rocks, waterfalls, ponds and bridges to create vistas of unparalleled beauty. The sound of a thrumming waterfall invites the visitor deep into the Garden. The Pavilion, patterned after 16th century architecture, houses a number of art and cultural exhibits throughout the season. Tours of the Garden are available, lead by hostesses dressed in traditional yukatas.
9th Ave South at Mayor Magrath DrLethbridge AB T1J 3Z6