Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Japanese Peace Bell Garden
This garden celebrates Duluth's sister city relationship with Ohara Isumi-City, Japan.
THE PEACE BELL
During World War II, the Japanese government instructed villages to donate metal to be melted down for ammunition. Ohara Isumi-City dismantled their city's prized Buddhist temple bell. By the end of the war, the bell was still intact and a naval crew from the USS Duluth carried it to Duluth and it became a gift to the City.
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.
THE JAPANESE GARDEN
The Japanese garden was created to commemorate 20 years of friendship with Duluth's Sister City. The garden's design is based on Japanese gardens of past centuries.
There are four basic elements to a tradition Japanese garden: stones, water, plants and man-made objects. The structure of this garden is based on natural rock formations and stones arranged to visually represent streams, ponds and lakes. The lake is actually dry, but it is filled with small rocks raked to look like waves.
The manufactured objects include a covered entryway, a bridge, two stone lanterns, a stone pagoda and a few stone benches, which encourages walkers to linger and reflect.
Location. 46° 46.6′ N, 92° 7.444′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Touch for map. Marker and garden are in Enger Park, accessed off Hank Jensen Drive and the Skyline Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55806, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duluth 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. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. From Stolen Bell, to Peace Bell Garden, Duluth and Japan Celebrate. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Duluth: Peace Bell at Minnesota Public Radio. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Ohara-Isumi City - Duluth Sister Cities (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Environment • Man-Made Features • Peace • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 389 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.