The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announces the worldwide release of One Hundred Years in the Huntington’s Japanese Garden: Harmony with Nature, a lavishly illustrated book on the history of the institution’s iconic and beloved garden. The book traces the garden’s history from its development as part of a Gilded Age millionaire’s fashionable estate through its quiet deterioration and neglect during World War II and its resurgence in the 1950s as a showcase for Japanese culture and garden arts to its comprehensive renovation in 2012, the year of its centennial.
For more than a century, the Japanese Garden at The Huntington has served as a bellwether for the West’s engagement with Asian culture. With its distinctive moon bridge, wisteria arbors, koi-filled ponds, bonsai courts, bamboo forest, and historical Japanese House, the nine-acre garden has captivated visitors, who have made it one of the most photographed spots in Southern California.
One Hundred Years in the Huntington’s Japanese Garden is edited by T. June Li, curator of the Chinese Garden at The Huntington, with contributions by Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at California State University, Long Beach, and noted expert on the history of Japanese landscape and gardens outside of Japan; James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington; Naomi Hirahara, a journalist and novelist who is an authority on Japanese culture in Southern California; Robert Hori, director of advancement and strategic initiatives at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles and cultural curator of the Japanese Garden; and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, the architect in charge of the centennial preservation and renovation of the historic Japanese House.
About the Author
T. June Li joined The Huntington in 2004 to establish the historical and cultural context for its Chinese Garden, the first phase of which opened in 2008. Previously, she had been associate curator of Chinese and Korean art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At The Huntington, she founded a series of educational and music programs that explore the many facets of Chinese garden culture, including its relationship to Japan and other East Asian countries.
Edited by: T. June Li
Publisher: Huntington Library Press
Format: cloth, 192 pages, 9 × 11 ½ inches, 90 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations, 1 map
Release date: August 2013