Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

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Japan Foundation Los Angeles

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The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was created by Kinzuchi Fujii between 1935 – 1940 for Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. Fujii (1875 – 1957) designed and built Japanese landscapes across Southern California in the first half of the 20th century. The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is his only remaining garden. It is also the only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California.

This pond-style stroll garden features a fifteen-foot waterfall and a formal teahouse on approximately two acres of land. The garden is considered by many to be a masterwork and it demonstrates the adaptability of Japanese culture in modern America. Under the direction of Dr. Takeo Uesugi, landscape architect, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was faithfully restored from 2007 – 2013.

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270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, California 91105
Telephone: +1 (626) 399-1721
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Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve our historic and sustainable Japanese garden as an intimate setting of great beauty and tranquility and to provide respite, renewal and an intercultural experience for the diverse community we serve.

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Board of Directors

Jim Haddad, Chair

Connie Haddad

George Brumder

Meher McArthur

Bella McGowan

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA

Keiji Uesugi, ASLA

Advisory Council

Joan Alexander

Sue Mossman

Katherine Murray-Morse

Kenneth Nakaba

Kathy L. Rose

Irene Tsukada Simonian

Masako Unoura Tanaka

Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA

Louise Wannier

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce