Nikka Yuko Japanese
Garden Designated a Provincial Historical Resource
The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden
Society and The City of Lethbridge are
pleased to share that the Nikka Yuko
Centennial Garden (Japanese Garden) has been designated a Provincial Historical
Resource. The Honorable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture & Tourism, confirmed
this designation on October 19th, 2017, making Nikka Yuko Lethbridge’s
15th Provincial Historical Resource.
recognizes the Garden’s provincial significance and its importance to Alberta’s
natural and human history. Additionally, the Garden is now protected under
Section 20 of the Historical Resources Act. This will help ensure that generations
to come can find peace and serenity in the Gardens as the original designers
is another milestone for our much loved Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden,” says Mayor
Chris Spearman. “This attraction continues to raise the profile of our city by
providing a unique experience for visitors from around the world.”
The Nikka Yuko
Japanese Garden was built to celebrate Canada’s Centennial in 1967. It
recognizes the contributions made by citizens of Japanese ancestry to the
multi-cultural fabric of Lethbridge. It also serves as a symbol of the
international friendship between Canada and Japan. It was built as a “Canadian garden in the Japanese style”.
“We are very proud
of this designation,” says Michelle Day, Executive Director of Nikka Yuko
Japanese Garden. “This Garden was built to honour our rich history with Japan and
it’s very fitting that the provincial government is also recognizing the value
of Nikka Yuko in Alberta’s history.”
The Garden is a
living monument to the contributions of Nikkei, emigrants and descendants from
Japan. In the post-war period, Southern Alberta had the third largest Nikkei population in the country.
The Garden is also
significant because of a long legacy of distinguished visitors. Prince and
Princess Takamado of the Imperial Family of Japan officially opened the Garden
in July, 1967. They also returned for the 25th anniversary. This
past year the Garden had the great pleasure of hosting Princesses Ayako of
Takamado for the 50th anniversary.
The Garden continues
to place deep value on its connection to Japan which includes, Imperial Family
visits, the numerous collogues and friends which the Garden regularly
communicates and consults with and the guests which travel from Japan to view the
beloved Japanese Garden.