Nitobe Memorial Garden

The flowers, plants and landscape of this unique garden.

Cynthia is arranging for a model dressed in traditional Japanese attire for us to photograph in the gardens.


Waterfall - Photo by June WestFor more information, see the garden's website.

The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 2 1/2 acre (one hectare) traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia, just outside the city limits of Vancouver. It is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

One of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America[1], it honours Japanese author, educator, diplomat, and politician Nitobe Inaz┼Ź (1862-1933), who died in Victoria, British Columbia (now the sister city of Nitobe's home town Morioka), and whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific."

BridgeThe garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years' study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe's death each year. The garden is behind the university's Asian Centre, which is built from steel girders from Japan's exhibit at Osaka Expo[1].

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