The garden is a hill and pond style, honoring Olympia's sister city Yashiro, Japan. Classic gates, built without nails, open into a walled space where splashing water muffles the sound of the city. Smooth stones contrast with lacy maples and spiky clumps of iris. Two cutstone lanterns and a 13-tier pagoda were gifts to the garden from the city of Yashiro.
You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach blossom which flows downstream and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men.