Studying in Japan before working in the US

Studying in Japan before working in the US His father urged him to go to the US Americans changing his opinion of the US Returning to Japan after studying in New York Decision to remain in the US and become an American citizen The first garden he visited in the US Practicing in the US Developing international programs Describing the meaning of "Nikkei"

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So, as my educational experience in Osaka, Kyoto, first … well I was very fortunate to have a good teacher. Teacher was very instrumental for me to become a Japanese gardens designer. Then … so, professor Tadashi Kubo, in Osaka, he guided me to be landscape architect, who should be based on Japanese gardens. Then I went to Kyoto, studied farther in Japanese gardens. So those are kind of academic experience. My experience of Japanese gardens is a little more academic at that time. So when I came out [to] this country, I wasn’t sure really I can do Japanese gardens. I had just a few experiences before I came, Osaka I had some, but it’s very still immature-ish.

So, when I had a project in Corona Del Mar, that project really opened up my practice into Japanese gardens.

I*: How did you get to become involved in that?

That one, my, one of my students, his brother was a landscaper. And they needed someone to help Japanese garden for his firm. And that was Mr. Swedlow. We started from very small Japanese garden project to become entire property Japanese gardens.

* “I” indicates an interviewer (Sojin Kim)

Date: August 10, 2016
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sojin Kim, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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