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Hayward Japanese Gardens
Name:Hayward Japanese Gardens garden photo
Japanese Garden - Hayward, Calif.
Photo: James Phillips

Alternate Name: 
Address:22373 N. Third St. at Crescent 
Mailing Address:Hayward Area Parks and Recreation 
Postal Code:94546 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=37.682146; long=-122.079859
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Weather:current weather 
Phone:+1.510.881.6700 or 510.881.6715 
Designer(s):Kimura Kimio 
Contruction Date:1980 
Hours:Daily, 10am - 4pm 
Added to JGarden:1/1/1996 
Last Updated:2/17/2004 
JGarden Description:This site includes a koi pond, teahouse and several viewing pavilions set along a ravine. More than three acres of Japanese and native California trees, rocks, and plants are arranged in traditional Japanese style. The area also includes a small pond containing koi and golfish, as well as a teahouse.

Doss, Margo Patterson. " A Terrific New Garden." San Francisco Chronicle magazine. March 27, 1985, p 4.

Kimura Kimio. "Japanese Landscape Design and it's Applications." Master's thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 1971.


A Pair of Stones

Two chunks of gray-green stone,
their shapes grotesque and unsightly,
wholly unfit for practical uses --
ordinary people despise them, leave them untouched.
Formed in the time of primal chaos,
they took their place at the mouth of Lake Taihu,
ten thousand ages resting by the lakeshore,
in one morning coming into my hands!

Pole-bearers have brought them to my prefectural office
where I wash and scrub away mud and stains.
The hollows are black, deeply scarred in mist,
crevices green with the rich hue of moss.
Aged dragons coiled to form their feet,
old swords stuck in for the crown,
I suddenly wonder if they didn't plummet from Heaven,
so different from anything in this human realm!

One will do to prop up my lute,
one to be a reservoir for my wine.
The tip of one shoots up several yards,
the other has a hollow, will hold a gallon of liquid!
My five-stringed instrument leaning on the left one,
my single wine cup set on the right,
I'll dip from the hollowed cask and it will never go dry,
though drunkenness long since has toppled me over.

Every person has something he loves,
and things all yearn for a companion.
More and more I fear that gatherings of the young
no longer will welcome a white-haired gentleman.
I turn my head, ask this pair of stones
if they'd consent to keep an old man company.
And though the stones are powerless to speak,
they agree that we three should be friends.

  Bai Juyi [Po Chu-i]

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