The Japanese Garden collection contains correspondence, committee materials, solicitation
materials, publicity materials, brochures, photographs and artifacts. Much of the
material was given to the archives by Dr. Don Hata. His contribution includes all
committee papers, solicitation, publicity and most of the correspondence.
The forerunner of the modern Japanese garden appeared in Japan sometime in the latter
half of the sixth century. At the time, Japan was assimilating many art forms and
traditions that came from China through neighboring Korea. For example, in 522 A.D.,
Buddhism and Taoism were introduced and became major influences in the development of the
garden. The focus of early gardens was a mound of earth which represented the center of
the universe in the Buddhist world.
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