In 1964, the GVGA donated close to 2,700 volunteer hours to create a Japanese garden for the library. Takuma Tono, an internationally renowned professor of landscape architecture at Tokyo Agriculture University, designed the garden, which includes a 150-year-old toro or stone lantern.
The 1964 GVGA garden committee included: President Kay Iizuka; General Chairman Frank Okada; Design Committee Chair Mas Nakano; Project Consultant Art Ishida; Assistant Project Consultants Haruo Yamashiro and Kenny Uyeda; Materials Committee Chair Ralph K. Ota; and Construction Committee Chair Nick Katsuki.
Pictured above (from left): Dennis Yamashiro, son of Haruo Yamashiro, with his mother Takako Yamashiro; Bill Nishimura, one of the few remaining original gardeners who worked on the 1964 project; George Kamiyo and Joe Watari.
Photo by MARTHA NAKAGAWA