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.
The leaves of the trees are falling.
In the house one cannot hear anything--
Both nights when showers fall
And nights when showers do not fall.
Minamoto Yorizane trans. by Arthur Waley 12th century