surrender to calm
sink into silence, dappled
light, laughing water
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The Nishinomiya Japanese Garden is located in Manito Park, Spokane, Washington. The park’s walking tour booklet gives some background about this wonderful garden . . .
“After 12 years of planning the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden became a reality in the spring of 1974. Various garden elements have been artistically placed in an asymmetric, strolling pond style, creating a beautiful garden in the Japanese tradition. This garden provides an intimate reminder of nature, inspiring tranquility and peace. It also symbolizes the friendship of Spokane and its sister city, Nishinomiya. In 2008, the garden was ranked 16th from more than 300 public Japanese gardens by The Journal of Japanese Gardening. In December 2007 the Garden was renamed to honor Ed Tsutakawa, founder of the Spokane Nishinomiya Sister City relationship and a champion of the the Sister City movement u Spokane for 45 years until his death in October 2007. The garden is open daily from 8:00 am to one half hour before dusk from April 1st through November 1st.”