Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Duluth Japanese Peace Bell Garden
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. Mathew Daly of 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 lanterns, 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 Peace Bell Garden Committee, the City of Duluth Grounds Department workers and many volunteers dedicated countless hours to the construction and maintenance
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
Erected by City of Duluth and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Peace. A significant historical year for this entry is 2005.
Location. 46° 46.6′ N, 92° 7.444′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker and garden are in Enger Park, accessed off Hank Jensen Drive and the Skyline Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Japanese Peace Bell Garden (here, next to this marker); Ohara Peace Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Club of Duluth 100th Anniversary (within shouting distance of this marker); Enger Observation Tower (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rice's Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duluth-Superior Harbor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Priley Fountain / Duluth Civic Center (approx. one mile away); Albert Woolson (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duluth.
Also see . . .
1. Enger Tower and Enger Park Gardens. Superior Trails entry (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Duluth: Peace Bell. Minnesota Public Radio entry (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ohara-Isumi City. Duluth Sister Cities entry (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. The Japanese Peace Bell
"The original bell resided in Duluth following the end of World War II up until 1954, when it was returned to Japan. Sailors aboard the USS Duluth had found the original bell in a Japanese scrapyard. Duluth became sister cities with Ohara in 1990. As a token of this new relationship, citizens from the Japanese city sent a replica of the original bell to Duluth."
Visit Duluth entry
— Submitted January 28, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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