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Encyclopedia > San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens
San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens
(National Register of Historic Places)
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Coordinates: 29°27′40″N, 98°28′36″W
Built/Founded: 1899
Added to NRHP: October 22, 2004

The San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens (also known as the Sunken Gardens) is a registered Texas historical landmark in San Antonio, Texas. The gardens opened in an abandoned limestone rock quarry in the early 20th century. The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... Adapted from Wikipedias TX county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Nickname: Alamo City; River City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Mayor Phil Hardberger Area    - City 1067. ... 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Alamo City; River City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Mayor Phil Hardberger Area    - City 1067. ... Limey shale overlaid by limestone. ...

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History

The San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens (also known as the Sunken Gardens) in the U.S. state of Texas were developed on land donated by George W. Brackenridge, president of the San Antonio Water Works Company, to the City in 1899, in an abandoned limestone rock quarry used since the mid-1800s. Between July 1917 and May 1918, City Parks Commissioner Ray Lambert used prison labor to shape the quarry into a complex that included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pagoda. United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... San Antonio (the Spanish name of Saint Anthony) is a common toponym in parts of the world where the Spanish language is or was spoken: Argentina San Antonio, Jujuy province Belize San Antonio, Cayo District Chile San Antonio Mexico San Antonio, San Luis Potosí Philippines San Antonio, Quezon San Antonio... 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Limey shale overlaid by limestone. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... A pagoda at Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in China, Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia. ...


At the entrance to the gardens, Mexican-born artist Dionicio Rodriguez (1891-1955) replicated a Japanese Torii gate in his unique style of concrete construction that imitated wood. In 1926, at the city's invitation, Kimi Eizo Jingu, a local Japanese-American artist, moved to the garden and opened the Bamboo Room, where light lunches and tea were sold. Kimi and Miyoshi Jingu maintained the gardens, lived in the park, and raised eight children until they were evicted with the rise of anti-Japanese sentiment of World War II. A famous floating torii at Itsukushima Shrine Multiple torii at Osaka shrine Torii are widespread in Japan, to the extent that modern architecture sometimes emulates their form. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Anti-Japanese sentiment refers to the view of the Japanese people or of the Japanese nation with suspicion or hostility. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


The gardens were renamed the Chinese Tea Gardens, and a Chinese-American family, Ted and Ester Wu, opened a snack bar in the pagoda until the early 1960s. In 1984, the city restored the original “Japanese Tea Garden” designation in a ceremony attended by Jingu's children and representatives of the Japanese government. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


For years the gardens sat in neglect and disrepair. Since the park is open to the public, has no admission, and has minimal security patrols, it became a haven for graffitti artists and the homeless. The city came very close on numerous occasions to cutting the garden's funding and closing it permanently. The community rallied though, and pushed to keep the park open.


Recently, in the summer of 2006, the pagoda and other buildings were restored. The other features, such as the pond, waterfall, and paths were touched up, but still remain as they were, not pristine, but not too bad either. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In recognition of the Tea Garden's origin as a rock quarry that played a prominent role in the development of the cement business, as well as its later redevelopment as a garden, the site is designated as a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark, a Registered Texas Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tea leaves in a Chinese gaiwan. ... In the most general sense of the word, cement is a binder, a substance which sets and hardens independently, and can bind other materials together. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ...


Location

Northwestern edge of Brackenridge Park, near the San Antonio Zoo:

3853 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas 78212

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See also

Stone lantern amid plants. ... Japanese culture and language Japans isolation until the arrival of the Black Ships and the Meiji era produced a culture distinctively different from any other, and echoes of this uniqueness persist today. ...

References

  • Walls, Thomas K. The Japanese Texans. University of Texas. Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, 2002. ISBN 0-86701-021-5.[1]

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