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The Kawai Family, 2005

Not many family trees have a moon bridge under their branches, but the Kawai family’s does. David Kawai (back row, center) is the grandson of Toichiro Kawai, one of the Japanese craftsmen who helped build The Huntington’s Japanese Garden in 1912. The iconic moon bridge and bell tower are Toichiro Kawai's impressive handiwork. When David Kawai brought his family to visit the garden in 2005, the gong’s ceremonial striker was hung in place and his grandchildren—Toichiro’s great, great grandchildren—celebrated the occasion with a ringing tribute.


Five generations of Kawais in our Centennial Scrapbook! Isn’t that amazing?


The Japanese Garden turns 100 in 2012. Do you have a favorite old 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.


The Japanese Garden will reopen on April 11, 2012, following a year-long renovation. One of the new elements visitors will see is an authentic ceremonial teahouse, donated to The Huntington by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. Read more about the renovations on our website.


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Taken on September 27, 2011