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Kubota Garden: View through a Film and a Book

March 2020, Volume 70, Issue 3

[Editor’s Note: With concern for everyone’s health and safety, and in compliance with the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the film screening and book party originally scheduled for April 25 is CANCELED.]

FILM -   Fujitaro Kubota…and his Garden

BOOK - Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden

Community treasure and Seattle City Park gem, Kubota Garden, is memorialized in both a documentary film, Fujitaro Kubota…and his Garden, and a newly published book Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden. The film and the book tell the life story of Fujitaro Kubota, the early Japanese immigrant who transformed a logged-off swampland into a beloved urban oasis in South Seattle.

Ken Mochizuki, a journalist and author, interviewed family members for his essay, Fujitaro Remembered, that appears on the book’s website. Shankar Narayan, poet and civil rights attorney, contributed his poem Kubota to the book.

Spirited Stone includes photographs by Gemina Garland-Lewis. Nathan Wirth, and the Kubota Garden Foundation that are interwoven with original poetry by Samuel Green, Claudia Castro- Luna, and others. Essayists include National Book award winner Charles Johnson and New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford. More information can be found at the book’s website: spiritedstone.org

About NVC Foundation

The NVC Foundation’s mission statement is to preserve and honor the Japanese American legacies and to provide community programs that meet the educational, cultural and social needs of the broader community.

About Kubota Garden Foundation

The garden has been maintained by Seattle Parks for the past 30+ years; the Kubota Garden Foundation is a non-profit 501(c3) organization formed in 1989 as a ‘friends’ group to support, enhance and perpetuate Kubota Garden within the spirit and vision of Fujitaro Kubota and his son Tom Kubota, in cooperation with the City of Seattle. KGF runs a variety of programs and events at the garden and is a constant community focus on the garden in a changing city environment.

About Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden is located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood in southeast Seattle. This beautiful 20-acre garden is the masterpiece of landscape designer Fujitaro Kubota, a horticultural pioneer who infused traditional Japanese garden design with the Pacific Northwest plant palate to create a uniquely American-Japanese garden. The garden began in 1927 as the nursery, home and display gardens of Fujitaro Kubota. An immigrant from Japan, he and his sons ran a landscape installation business for over a decade prior to their incarceration at Minidoka during World War II. The family returned after the war to restore the overgrown garden and to rebuild their business which included work at the Seattle University campus and at Bloedel Reserve in addition to numerous residential commissions. The 4.5-acre core garden was designated by the City as a Historical Landmark in 1981 and the Kubota family sold the 20-acre garden to the City in 1987.

About Chin Music Press

Chin Music Press is an independent book publisher that produces engaging, beautiful, and affordable books about our world, with a special focus on Northeast Asia. It has a showroom and office in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market.

‚ÄčMedia Contact:

Joy Okazaki, Board President, Kubota Garden Foundation
206.423.5977 or president@kubotagarden.org

Publishing Contact:

Bruce Rutledge, Chin Music Press