A five-acre Japanese garden commissioned by Omaha's sister city of Shizuoka, Japan, in celebration of 30 years of cross-cultural exchange, the site has not yet been built. The Botanical Gardens are attempting to raise the $4 million necessary to construct it.
The central feature of the garden will be a one-acre pool. The site is on the floor of a valley which has very steep slopes. Streams, boulders and waterfalls will be installed on these steep slopes and re-circulate water from the main pool. Architectural features will include a Japanese cultural center, a traditional tea house, arbors, bridges and other garden features. These structures will be built by Japanese craftsmen using centuries old traditions and designs. Further enhancing the the garden is the recent gift of 24 carved stone lanterns. These beautiful works of art will be located throughout the garden. A gift of Mr. Yoichiro Suzuki and Mr. Tsutomu Asada of Shizuoka, these lanterns range in size from 2.5 feet to 11 feet tall and represent many different styles of lanterns. The ZEN Associates design was funded as a gift to the people of Omaha by Mr. Yuichi Kawai, a key figure in the Sister City relationship between Omaha and Shizuoka for many years.
Without a speck of dust's being raised,
the mountains tower up;
without a single drop's falling,
the streams plunge into the valley.