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      2. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

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        Great Stories & Garden Photos
        Featured In Select Publications

        Please visit our Press Page for information and links to recently published articles featuring the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, including stories in the Los Angeles Times and The Oregonian website, OregonLive.

        Press Page

        Planning Your Visit

        Directions & Maps

        Please visit our Getting Here page for information and maps, including local streets, freeways and available public transportation options.

        Getting Here Page

        Japan Foundation Los Angeles

        About Us

        A Short Story About Us

        The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was created by Kinzuchi Fujii between 1935 – 1940 for Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. Fujii (1875 – 1957) designed and built Japanese landscapes across Southern California in the first half of the 20th century. The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is his only remaining garden. It is also the only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California.

        This pond-style stroll garden features a fifteen-foot waterfall and a formal teahouse on approximately two acres of land. The garden is considered by many to be a masterwork and it demonstrates the adaptability of Japanese culture in modern America. Under the direction of Dr. Takeo Uesugi, landscape architect, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was faithfully restored from 2007 – 2013.

        Read Our Full Story

        Learn More About the Garden

        We invite you to peruse our website and garden galleries to learn more about the storied life of this historic place. For your convenience, we have also compiled a two-page brochure providing a short overview plus beautiful images of the Garden grounds.

        Garden Brochure


        270 Arlington Drive
        Pasadena, California 91105
        E-mail: info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
        Telephone: +1 (626) 399-1721
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        Our Commitment

        Mission Statement

        Our mission is to preserve our historic and sustainable Japanese garden as an intimate setting of great beauty and tranquility and to provide respite, renewal and an intercultural experience for the diverse community we serve.

        Focus On Community

        Board of Directors

        Jim Haddad, Chair

        Connie Haddad

        George Brumder

        Bella McGowan

        Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA

        Keiji Uesugi, ASLA

        Advisory Council

        Joan Alexander

        Sue Mossman

        Katherine Murray-Morse

        Kenneth Nakaba

        Kathy L. Rose

        Irene Tsukada Simonian

        Masako Unoura Tanaka

        Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA

        Louise Wannier


        Pasadena Chamber of Commerce