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A gift from the late Lodi agriculturist turned humanitarian William G. Micke, this 258-acre park is a standout amongst the most prominent attractions in San Joaquin County. It highlights: Micke Grove Japanese Garden

This excellent Japanese Garden began in 1959 through the direction of "Duke" Yoshimura. who was born in Sacramento and received his education in Japan, Yoshimura had come back to the United States, attending high school to learn English. "Duke" would come to serve in the military amid World War II, where he additionally taught judo.

In 1959, "Duke" began working at Micke Grove Park and subsequently asked Mr. William Micke for authorization to construct a Japanese Garden for the Japanese people group to show solidarity with the San Joaquin County general population. Mr. Micke thought it was an awesome idea and put aside three acres of land for the garden.

Residents from Stockton, Lodi and French Camp formed a council was created to request $5,000 in pledges and roughly 100 hours of volunteer work from every individual from the Japanese Gardeners Club.

"Duke" reached Nagao Sakurai, who had spent 20 years as landscape draftsman at Japan's Imperial Palace before leaving to design gardens in the U.S.. Mr. Sakurai consented to plan the garden, and it was completed in April, 1965.

The garden is encompassed by 60 Kwanzan blossoming cherry trees with five Akibono blooming cherry trees in the focal range of the garden.

Three religions have an impact in the garden. Shintoism is communicated in the utilization of stones, Buddhism is noticeable in the utilization of lights and Taoism is showed in the islands.

There are 11 lamps in the garden, all being stone aside from one which is concrete. The five-story pagoda light arranged on the north slope was given by Lodi's sister city; Kofu, Japan. Every story is illustrative of flame, water, earth, air and climate. The long bar on the top features nine rings and has a connection to Buddha. The flame molded tip signifies protection against flame.

Koi fish in the living in the pond have been known for over a 200 year life span. The fish, featuring ring markings on its scales assigning age, can develop to three feet long. Hues run from red, blue, white, cocoa, dark and yellow.

The angle bridge in the garden speaks to Chinese conviction that abhorrent spirits go in a low straight line, consequently not able to follow over the bridge. The red arch bridge, in the mean time, is a typical Japanese design and incorporates eight bronze lotus bloom bud finials.

The large pavilion in the garden was designed by Hoji Wada of Stockton, who additionally planned the garden's passageway door. It gives a lovely setting to outdoor weddings, which are prominent in the garden

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