There are more than 300 public Japanese gardens in North America. A few dozen of them are particularly noteworthy. The East-West Center Japanese garden ranked 23rd in a recent US survey (2004). This serene garden on the UH Manoa campus was the gift of a group of Japanese businessmen and the result of a 1963 East-West Center project on landscape architecture that involved specialists from Asia, the Pacific and the United States. Japanese Princess (now Empress) Michiko blessed the garden when the koi were introduced into the garden stream. It is located at 1717 East-West Road behind the Hawai’i Imin International Conference Center, opposite Kennedy Theater.
Living Specimens: 50 species