Mayne Island’s Japanese Gardens, located near Dinner Bay, are dedicated to the memory and legacy of the island’s Japanese-Canadian community. Opened in 2002, the garden is a hybrid of both Japanese and local design styles. The garden is valued as a means of commemorating Japanese Canadians and those of Japanese ancestry who settled and worked on the island between 1900 and 1942. It is also valued as a place where community spirit came together to restore and fully develop the grounds, water features, meditation hut and zigzagging bridge (yatsuhashi). Cherry trees and other specimen plants were donated by early immigrant families, as well as by present-day residents and service clubs. The garden is valued for its tranquility and sense of peace.
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