Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Duluth Japanese Peace Bell Garden
In 1954, the ancient Buddhist temple bell was returned to Ohara Isumi-City. In 1993 Ohara Isumi-City presented Duluth with a replica of the bell, which now resides in this park.
There are four basic elements to a tradition Japanese garden: stones, water, plants and manmade objects. The structure of this garden is based
The manufactured objects include a covered entryway, a bridge, two stone lanterns, a stone pagoda and a few stone benches, which encourage walkers to linger and reflect.
In 2005, a group of citizens from Duluth and Ohara (now Isumi City), Japan proposed to honor the Sister Cities relationships between our two cities by creating an authentic environment for the Peace Bell placed in Duluth's Enger Park in 1994. Matthew Daily for the SAS Associates from Duluth designed the garden.
The garden design was based on traditional elements of a Japanese garden-stone, water, plantings and man-made objects — traditions rooted in centuries. Yet, this garden is organic to northern Minnesota. The bedrock and the boulders of Enger Park give the garden its structure, the dry stream and the raked lake (Zen garden) represent water waves and ripples. The manufactured objects include a traditional covered entryway, a bridge, stone lantern, a pagoda and stone benches. As you stroll through the garden, take time to reflect in peaceful contemplation and discover each element as it presents itself to you from a different view point.
The Duluth Sister Cities Japanese
The garden was dedicated in August of 2010 in commemoration of the 20 years as Sister Cities with Ohara-Isumi City, Japan.
From the dedication:
"It will take many years for...(the garden) to grow and mature, to change, and to be changed. But through the years we will gather the fruits of our labor: learn about tradition, reflect on the past, find strength for the future, discover who we are, honor each other, and celebrate peace."
Irina Haller, August 20, 2010.
Isumi City International Exchange Association, Japan
Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation
Pachel Foundation in Memory of Ed Haller
Gary and Marcia Doty
Duluth Flower & Garden Society and Duluth Garden Clubs
Patricia O'Day and John Grabowski in memory of Audrey and Bob Rynor
Friends of the garden in memory of Ed Haller
Citizens of Duluth
Erected by Duluth Sister Cities International.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Peace • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Enger Tower Dr, Duluth MN 55806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohara Peace Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Club of Duluth 100th Anniversary (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary International's Four Way Test (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rotary Club of Duluth Vocational Service Projects (about 300 feet away); Enger Observation Tower (about 300 feet away); Rotary Club of Duluth Club Service Activities (about 300 feet away); Rotary Club of Duluth Community Service (about 300 feet away); Rotary Club of Duluth New Generation Service (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duluth.
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