Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds. Toyo Y. Maeda created the Japanese garden in a former parking lot behind his florist shop. The garden is also described in: Timothy G. Turner, "Rediscovering Los Angeles," Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 1936: A1. Kimiko Tamura dressed a kimono and standing on a wooden bridge in the Japanese garden created by florist Toyo Y. Maeda at his shop in downtown Los Angeles. The shop was located on, then, 113 N. San Pedro St. at 113 N. San Pedro St. on the block north of 1st St. (later the block was re-named Judge John Aiso St.). Text from newspaper caption: Typical of Japan, this Toyo garden on North San Pedro street has attracted little eight-year-old Kimiko Tamura, dancer [Barbara Miller, "Southland Homes and gardens; you can Travel World Gardens at home!" Los Angeles Times, 21 Jul. 1935: E19] Text from negative sleeve: 3298. H + G (House + Garden?). Jap Garden. Jan 21 1936 stamp [date is incorrect].
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Japanese gardens--California--Los Angeles Tamura, Kimiko, b. 1926 or 1927 Maeda, Toyo Y., b. 1883 or 1884