Japanese Tea Garden

At our BASE corporate day-long retreat, we enjoyed the visual and somatic comfort of these elegant, timeless site furnishings at the Japanese tea garden in Golden Gate Park.

The Japanse Tea Garden in San Francisco is the oldest public tea garden in the country.  Having a visioning session there was consistent with our desire to live in, contribute, and be inspired by the public landscape.

The Hagiwara family originally created this tea garden as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 Midwinter International Expo.  Originally 1 acre, the site grew to its current 5 acres, and the family lived there until 1942, when, at a low point in our history, they, along with 120,000 Japanese Americans, were moved to internment camps.  After the war ended, the Hagiwara family was not allowed to return to the beautiful garden they had so thoughtfully crafted-a harsh exile indeed.

Simple in construction, durable in materiality, and refined in their demeanor, I was impressed with the obvious signs of workmanship on these pieces.  I do not know the origin of these pieces.