Hakone Estate and Gardens

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Hakone Estate and Gardens, the jewel of the Silicon Valley, is 17 acres of landscape architecture designed as a hill-and-pond garden of ancient Japan. Visitors have unforgettable experiences at Hakone, from strolling in a bamboo forest to feeding the magnificent koi. Yet to be appreciated is Hakone’s rich history, beginning in 1915, the year of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, with the purchase by San Franciscans Oliver and Isabel Stine of a parcel of land in Saratoga, California. After Oliver’s unexpected death in 1918, Isabel carried on with the creation of her Japanese garden, defying anti-Asian nativism. The next owner, Maj. Charles Tilden, protected Hakone during World War II when the Japanese gardener and his family were sent to an internment camp. The last private owners, six couples in partnership, sold Hakone to the City of Saratoga in 1966. The city established the Hakone Foundation in 2000 to conserve and enhance the gardens for the benefit of the public and to serve as a global forum for art, music, culture, and ideas.
ISBN: 9781467106306
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Ann Waltonsmith, Hakone Foundation chairperson and former mayor of Saratoga, and Connie Young Yu, historian and Hakone Foundation trustee, present a dramatic story featuring civic leaders, war heroes, and movie stars set in a Western landscape.
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