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A Star Turn for the Japanese Garden, 2004

The Japanese Garden has played a supporting role in many movies over the years. One of the most noteworthy was "Memoirs of a Geisha" from Columbia Pictures, released in 2005. A key scene was filmed in the garden in October 2004. This publicity still shows stars Ziyi Zhang (Sayuri) and Ken Watanabe (the Chairman) in front of the iconic moon bridge. The flowering cherry tree--and the peacocks--may look authentic, but it was actually just a bit of Hollywood set-dressing.


The Japanese Garden turned 100 in 2012. Do you have a favorite photo of family or friends taken in this historic landscape over the years? We'd love to see it in our Japanese Garden Centennial Scrapbook.


After a year-long renovation, The Japanese Garden reopened in April 2012. Read more about the renovation of the Japanese Garden on our website.


The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

San Marino, Calif. USA


Photo by David James, S.M.P.S.P.

© Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

Used with permission.


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Taken on April 8, 2011