Opened to the
public in 1969, the Garden was built by Isamu Taniguchi
when he was seventy years old. Working without a salary
or a contract, Mr. Taniguchi spent 18 months transforming
3 acres of rugged caliche hillside into a peaceful garden.
As is often done in Japan, the ponds were designed in
the shape of a word or ideogram. In this case, the ponds
in the first half of the garden spell out the word "AUSTIN",
reflecting the fact that these gardens were constructed
as a gift to the city. The remains of the Mother Tree,
which inspired Mr. Taniguchi to complete his building
of the garden, overlooks the pond.
Togetsu-kyo bridge or "Bridge to Walk Over the Moon"
is theoretically positioned so that, when the moon is high,
it reflects in the water and follows you across the bridge.
The idea is that as you gaze at the reflection of the moon
on the water's surface, ultimate universal beauty will be
revealed to you.
Read one visitor's impressions of this garden, Taniguchi’s gift to the city of Austin