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50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Orange County Japanese Garden and Tea House takes place November 10

On November 10, Vice Chairman Andrew Do (1st District), Supervisor Lisa Bartlett (5th District), and the Orange County Nikkei Coordinating Council will host the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Japanese Garden and Tea House located in the Civic Center of Santa Ana.

In honor of the Japanese Garden’s 50-year anniversary, invited dignitaries will witness the unveiling of the commemorative plaque. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, this is a by invitation only event not open to the public. Media outlets will need to check-in by the entrance.

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time: 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Address: 700 West Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana
Location: Next to Orange County Courthouse and behind parking structure P3 (690 West Civic Center Drive)

BACKGROUND

The Orange County Japanese Garden Project was solely funded by donations totaling $50,000, fifty years ago. This beautiful treasure was to be a symbol of friendship and gratitude from the Orange County Japanese American community to the County of Orange in the form of a 75 foot by 102-foot Japanese garden and teahouse. It replaced a dusty parking lot along the east wall of the new Orange County Courthouse which opened in 1969 and a now 130-year-old pine tree, that was planted 50 years ago, still thrives today.

In June 1969, 2,200 letters were sent to Orange County’s Japanese American families to raise the funds. A partial list that could be found today, shows over 641 organizations and families, from throughout the county and beyond, who helped make this dream a reality.

This garden’s existence has been unknown for all these years and is now being re-born in 2020. Dedicated to the Japanese pioneers and their American born descendants, it is hoped that the future generations will see this garden as a site of inspiration and a remembrance of the beauty of the Japanese culture here in Orange County and it will become a noted historic landmark that will be talked about for years to come.

This article was released by the Office of Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do.