The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature.”
The Babe and Herman Lehrer Japanese Friendship Garden on the TCC campus invites visitors to experience a moment of tranquility and reflection within its serene borders. The garden also serves as an outward expression of friendship – to the city of Tacoma, our sister city in Kitakyushu, Japan, and the South Sound’s Japanese-American community.
With its open and inviting design, the friendship garden is a place of respite and beauty, and manifests our collective spirit of understanding and acceptance of cultures beyond the American mainstream.
What to look for when you visit
Created as a “karesansui” or dry garden, notice the dry waterfall arrangement anchoring the highest corner of the site, flowing through a series of step downs to a sea of white sand. A pebble beach and central island can be reached by stone bridges. A 12-foot-tall pagoda and several stone lanterns remind visitors that human artifacts can co-exist with nature.
Where is the Japanese Friendship Garden located?
The garden is located on the north side of campus near the Art Gallery. Take a look at the Tacoma Campus map.