|Walking into the garden one can't help but be in awe of its beauty|
|Delicate wisteria blowing in the breeze|
Hagiwara died in 1925 and his daughter Takano Hagiwara and her children became the proprietors of the garden. However in 1942, she and her family along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans were evicted from the garden and sent to internment camps during World War II because of unfounded fears they were spies for Japan.
When the war was over, the family was not allowed to return to the garden, nor were they reimbursed either, which is a sad indictment of these innocent people. While the family was away, all the Japanese buildings, including their home and the Shinto shrine in the garden were demolished.
|The zen rock garden invites contemplation...|
After the war, the Hagiwara family gave minimal assistance to fix up the garden, and in 1949 a bronze Buddha was donated by the Gump family, both efforts some of many efforts in reconciliation.
|Very well fed koi fish hanging in the pond|
|Enjoying the garden that is the oldest in America|
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