Mori Kannosuke, restoration by Masuno Toshiaki and Sano Shinichi
Built 1960; restored beginning in 1992
mid-March to mid-October, daily 10am - 6pm; 10am-4pm at other times
Added to JGarden:
Enclosed garden with tea house.
Named for Dr.Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933), onetime Japanese ambassador to Canada, author of The Soul of the Samurai and currently appearing on the 5000 yen note.
This was the first Japanese garden built in Canada. A restoration/renovation was begun in 1992. Extensive pruning and some plant replacement was done to restore balance and symmetry to the both the stroll garden and tea house. Stonework around the edge of the pond was restored and a pebble beach was added. The hedge that surrounded has been replaced by a wall and fencing to improve security. Masano Toshiaki, a Japanse landscape architect was retained by the University to supervise the work. He was assisted by Sano Shinichi and a small team of garden professionals from Kyoto. Tea House renovations were done by artisans from the Urasenke Tea School in Kyoto.
Hilborn, Ulrike. "The Nitobe Memorial Garden." Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. 53 (Summer 1990), pp 14-18.
Mooney, Patrick. "Ecology of Mind in the Traditional Japanese Garden." Nitobe Memorial Garden International Symposium Proceedings, 1994, pp 12-17.
Neill, John W. "Nitobe Memorial Garden - History and Development." Davidsonia. 1:2 (Summer 1970), pp 10-15.
Although the scene
At Osawa-ike is old,
The same bright autumn moon
Casts down its lucide light.
Ike no keshiki wa
Furi yuke do
Aki no yo tsuki
Fujiwara no Shunzei (1114-1204) Shinzoku kokin wakashû trans. by M.V. Otake