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Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Bruce Lee: Sifu, Friend and Big Brother
Building Tradition
Curing Japan's America Addiction
Enfu: Cute Grit
Goodbye Madame Butterfly
Han in the Upper Left
Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu
Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Kuhaku and Other Accounts From Japan
Persimmon and Frog
Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes From a Sushi Pioneer
The Land of Five Waters
When the Waves Came
Yellow River Odyssey
Yokohama Yankee
Yurei: The Japanese Ghost
Japan/Asia Fiction
Big in Japan: A Ghost Story
Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy
Oh! A Mystery of "Mono no Aware"
Subduction
The Human Jungle
The Sun Gods
To Love the Coming End
White Elephant
Why Ghosts Appear
Yokai Stories
New Orleans Nonfiction
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Hurricane Story
Jackson Squared
Where We Know: New Orleans as Home
New Orleans Fiction
Last of the Red Hot Poppas
The Last Light
The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories
Americana Fiction
A Commonplace Book of Pie
Home, Away
King of the Worlds
One River, A Thousand Voices
School Board: A Novel
Sugar
Timber Curtain
Variations of Labor
Americana Culture, Poetry
Gang of Four
Gather Around the Table: A Festal Cookbook
Ghosts of Seattle Past
Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere
Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown
Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota's Garden
We Lived Here: Stories of Seattle's Central Area
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Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota's Garden

Charles Johnson, Jamie Ford, Claudia Castro Luna, Samuel Green, and more

Novelists, poets, scholars, and garden enthusiasts examine the legacy of nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, whose unique gardens transformed Seattle's landscape in the 20th century. Kubota immigrated to the US in the early 20th century, worked as a nurseryman, and eventually bought 20 acres of clear-cut forest in southern Seattle that he shaped into a beautiful and enduring Japanese garden. Today, the public garden serves one of Washington’s most diverse zip codes.

Kubota also created a memorable garden in the Minidoka prison camp while he was incarcerated there during World War II. Upon his return to Seattle, he created the first “drive-through” garden to capitalize on the automobile craze of the 1950s. To Kubota, everything has spirit. Rocks and stones pulsed with life, he said, and that energy is still apparent in his gardens today. 

Photographs by Gemina Garland-Lewis. Nathan Wirth, and the Kubota Garden Foundation are interwoven with original poetry by Samuel Green, Claudia Castro-Luna, and others to make this a unique book where every page presents a different view of Kubota’s garden.

Essayists include National Book award winner Charles Johnson and New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford.

 

 



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