Book Description from Back CoverWhether you are a traveler on vacation or business in Southern California, a local resident, or an armchair traveler,
Without this new regional visitor's guide, you may never know and never enjoy these amazing and refreshing Japanese gardens open daily and awaiting your visit.
Each chapter on one of these nine, uniquely different and beautiful gardens includes...
• A basic fact sheet with address, telephone number, days and times open, admission costs, wheelchair accessibility.
In addition...When visiting these public Japanese gardens, you may be surprised to learn about and want to visit 39 near-by Points of Interest related to your appreciation of "things Japanese": Japanese tea houses, Japantowns, large temple bells, memorials, sister city lanterns, temple gardens and much more.
For more than 38 years, David Newcomer has been searching out public Japanese gardens in the U.S.A., collecting information and photographing these gardens, in order to increase awareness and enjoyment of this very remarkable art form which celebrates nature and our relationship to it.
Background on David M. NewcomerFor over 35 years, David Newcomer has visited more than 300 public Japanese gardens in the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as, Japan. In addition, he has completed research on more than 100 Japanese gardens that no longer exist, recovering old photographs, documenting their history and reconstructing maps of the gardens, including Japanese gardens at the major international fairs since 1876.
David is writing a series of regional visitor's guidebooks to public Japanese gardens in the USA, both present and past gardens. He is a member of the California Garden and Landscape History Society and the Marin Bonsai Club. He has presented slide shows for garden clubs, public libraries, churches, senior centers and local historical societies.
David is retired and living in Mill Valley, California.
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