Garden of Beauty, Translucent Fragrances
Nitobe Memorial Garden
The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 2 1⁄2-acre (one hectare) traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia, just outside the city limits of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.
It honours Japanese author, educator, diplomat, and politician Nitobe Inazō (1862–1933), who died in Victoria, British Columbia (now the sister city of Nitobe’s home town Morioka), and whose goal was “to become a bridge across the Pacific”.
The garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years’ study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe’s death each year. The garden is behind the university’s Asian Centre, which is built with steel girders from Japan’s exhibit at Osaka Expo.