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National Museum of the Pacific War Opens Renovated Japanese Garden

National Museum of the Pacific War Opens Renovated Japanese Garden

On Friday February 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. the National Museum of the Pacific War opened the renovated Japanese Garden of Peace. The total cost of the project was over $400,000, restoring the garden to the Japanese architects original design. Support for the renovation project came from The Still Water Foundation, the City of Fredericksburg (Hot Tax) and supporters of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.


Left to Right:

Ron Woellhof and Ken Burenga, both Admiral Nimitz Foundation Directors, Doug Richter of VEI Consulting Engineering, Don Duecker of Duecker Construction Company, Inc., Joe Cavanaugh, Museum Director, Kent Meyers, City Manager, General Hagee, President and CEO of the Foundation, Ellen Busch from Texas Historical Commission, J.R. Spisak of Sunnyside Lawn and Landscape, Graham Pearson, City Councilman and Kevin Spraggins of VEI Consulting Engineers


This garden was a gift from the people of Japan to the people of America, a symbol of peace and friendship. Craftsmen came from Japan and built it, using money raised in Japan by popular subscription. The Garden was first dedicated and opened to the public on May 8, 1976


 As you enter the garden you will see a replica of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Marshal-Admiral Togo's garden meditation study. It was built in Japan, disassembled and shipped to Fredericksburg, where it was reassembled (without nails) by the same craftsmen who created it in Japan.



Many of the elements in this classic Japanese garden are symbolic: the black and white stones in front of the study represent the balance of nature — yin and yang. The raked gravel symbolizes ocean waves where stones and plantings stand in for Pacific islands. The flowing stream tells the story of a single raindrop returning to the ocean. We invite you to stop and rest and "visit with the stones."


The Japanese Garden will be free for the public to enjoy and a museum ticket is not required. This ribbon cutting is free to the public.


The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation

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