The Momiji Gardens - Vancouver, B.C. Canada
N 49° 16.888 W 123° 02.508
10U E 496959 N 5458746
Quick Description: A garden created to help heal the bad memories that are still present over the internment of Japanese-Canadians that started in 1942 and for many, on these very grounds.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 5/17/2008 11:25:51 PM
Waymark Code: WM3TVW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 88

Long Description:

The Momiji Commemorative Garden serves as a reminder of the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The garden is located near the stables on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds where the internees were detained before being shipped to internment camps. The Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association designed and created the garden in 1993 with upper and lower sections of the garden divided by a stonewall that is reminiscent of ancient castles in Japan. The use of azaleas, irises, hydrangeas, daylilies and Japanese maples offer colour all year round.

Although hundreds of people contributed to the creation of the Gardens, the chair of the committee, Henry Wakabayashi, stands out. Not only is he of Japanese Canadian ancestry, he too suffered the indignity of internment as a child. He did not let this limit his life. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from UBC in 1958. He has gone on to have a very successful career that has included work on several large projects in BC. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia for his contribution to BC through his work and his charitable work.

From his biography on the Order of British Columbia web site: "Henry Wakabayashi has been involved in charitable work of many kinds, particularly to further the relationship between Canadians generally and those of Japanese ancestry. The Momiji Garden in Vancouver and Nikkei Cultural Centre recently completed in Burnaby stand as physical testaments to his hard work and dedication in building bridges of cultural harmony. He has also been a strong leader and spokesman for healing the bitter memories and potential frictions emanating from the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War."

Name: The Momiji Gardens

Location (specific park it is located within): Hasting Park

City: Vancouver

Designer: Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association

Date of Creation: August 12th, 1993

Garden Website: http://hastingspark.ca/node/13

Fees: Not Listed

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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