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Anderson Japanese Gardens
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Go Boilers!
N 42° 17.345 W 089° 03.527
16T E 330266 N 4683925
Quick Description: Contains both a 16th century and 12th century garden.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 3:43:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM4JT5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member J.A.R.S.
Views: 40

Long Description:
Anderson Japanese Gardens consists of two very different gardens. The first is a formal Japanese garden in the style of the Kamakura period, 1185 to 1333 A.D. The Guest House, Teahouse, and machiai are 16th century Sukiya style architecture.

The inspiration for Anderson Japanese Gardens started in 1966 during John Anderson’s first trip to Japan. There he met a family friend, Mr. Akira Ohno, President of Morinaga Milk Industries of Tokyo, who gave him an in-depth look at the Japanese people and their culture. When the land was acquired for a new home site, John and Linda Anderson realized that the property had the potential to be an excellent setting for a Japanese garden. With the Andersons’ strong interest in Japanese culture, they decided to start development of a Japanese-style garden.

There are numerous features including Snow Viewing Lantern, Granite Pagoda, East Waterfall (Otaki), Viewing House, Zig Zag Bridge, Fishing Deck, Pond (Ike), North Garden Gate, Turtle Island, Crane Island, Stone Lanterns, Coin Water Basin, Inner Garden, Guest House, Deer Chase (Shishi Odoshi), Canyon Creek, Tea House, Gazebo, West Waterfall, Reflection Deck, Milles Angel Sculptures,South Garden Gate, Wood & Stone Bridges.

Key dates
1979 - Construction on Anderson Gardens begins!
1983 - Guided tours begin.
1998 - June 1 became public, non-profit organization.
Name: Anderson Japanese Garden

City: Rockford, IL

Fees: yes

Designer: Hoichi Kurisu

Date of Creation: 1979

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Parking Coordinates: N 42° 17.345 W 089° 03.527

Location (specific park it is located within): Not listed

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