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The de­sign­ers of the gar­den wanted a re­al­is­tic gar­den that com­bined the vast­ness of the prairie with the beauty and grandeur of the Rocky Moun­tains. This would be a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion. True Ja­panese gar­dens not only re­flect the lo­cal land­scapes, but also the lo­cal so­ci­ety. The steer­ing com­mit­tee re­al­ized it would be a chal­leng­ing project, and hired renowned land­scape ar­chi­tect Dr. Tadashi Kubo, of Osaka Pre­fec­ture Univer­sity in Ja­pan.

His goal was to seam­lessly in­te­grate the rocks and veg­e­ta­tion with wa­ter to cre­ate peace­ful yet cap­ti­vat­ing spa­ces within the gar­den. A pond was built with quiet wa­ters that de­noted time for re­flec­tion. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pond was the stream, chortling at times and quiet at oth­ers, and com­plete with a dash­ing lit­tle water­fall.

They brought rocks, many weigh­ing sev­eral tonnes, from the moun­tains and placed them in po­si­tion with a crane. Some­times they moved them a lit­tle, or a lot, de­pend­ing upon whether they had a nat­u­ral fit where they were. They used rock to cre­ate pat­terns that re­sem­bled cer­tain Ja­panese sym­bols.

Then came the land­scap­ing with soil

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