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Name:Kawana Koichi (1930-1990) 
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CountryUNITED STATES 
Added to JGarden8/11/2001 
Last Updated1/23/2005 
DescriptionKawana Koichi was one of the great designers of Japanese-inspired gardens in North America. Born in Hokkaido March 16, 1930, Dr. Kawana became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1971. He received a B.S from Yokohama Municipal University in 1951; an M.A. in 1959 and M.F.A. in 1964 from University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctorate from Pacific Western University in 1979. He was a professor and lecturer on Japanese landscape architecture, Japanese art and environmental design at UCLA for 24 years.

Dr. Kawana is credited with designing many of the finest Japanese-inspired gardens in North America including: Kawana was honored with several award for his contributions to design including Progressive Architecture's design award in 1972; the Companionate of Merit, Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem in Edinburgh in 1974 (Knight's grade in 1990); the Victor M. Carter Diamond Award of the Japan America Society of Southern California in 1980; and the Henry Shaw Medal in 1987.

Displaying a sensitivity toward traditional Japanese design principles and aesthetics, Dr. Kawana was critical of some modern Japanese-style gardens which merely grouped together typical Japanese garden features. His essay "Symbolism and Esthetics in the Traditional Japanese Garden" on the gardenís website is worth reading.

Bibliography
Kawana KŰichi. "The Challenge of Building a Japanese Garden in the United States." Plants & Gardens, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Record: Japanese Gardens. New York: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1990.

 







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