The UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is situated in the Bel-Air community of Los Angeles. Inspired by the gardens of Kyoto, it was originally designed in 1959 by Landscape Architect Nagao Sakurai and Garden Designer Kazuo Nakamura. A reconstruction was required after the garden suffered damages from heavy rains in 1969; UCLA Professor of Art and Campus Architect Koichi Kawana led the re-design.
According to the Garden Guide:
“The complex aesthetic values of traditional Japanese gardens stem mainly from Zen Buddhism. Among Zen concepts expressed in garden design are asymmetry and a preference for the imperfect and for odd numbers; naturalness and an avoidance of the forced and artificial; hiding part of the whole to achieve profundity with mystery; a quality of maturity and mellowness that comes with age and time; tranquility, simplicity, and austerity.”
One of the most amazing artifacts in the garden is a stone carved more than 1,000 years ago. It features Buddha seated in 16 different positions of worship!
For more information and to book a reservation (which is required) go to http://www.japanesegarden.ucla.edu/