The Japanese Garden

Located on a water reclamation plant, this garden is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the urban noise and bustle of Los Angeles. The entrance leads visitors through a dry Zen meditation garden, containing a large grass-covered mound that represents Tortoise Island, a symbol of longevity, and an arrangement of stones meant to represent the three Buddhas. A “wet” garden follows, with waterfalls, lakes, greenery and stone lanterns, and finally the path leads to the Shoin building with a tea house and tea garden.

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