The Garden represents the bonds of friendship and understanding which exists between people of Japan and those of the Central Washington Region. The Garden is made possible in part by a grant from the Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition (1970).
Each year the Garden is visited by Masa Mizuno of Masa and Associates Inc., the Japanese landscape architect who designed it. During his visits he provides consultation and training to Central's grounds crew in the ongoing maintenance of the Garden.
In this wide landscape
I see no cherry blossoms
And no crimson leaves --
Evening in autumn over
A straw-thatched hut by the bay.