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A modern Zen classic, Garden Haiku is every caregiver's poetic manual on the art of parenting. Help Centre. Track My Order. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist. Ships in 15 business days.

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Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Description Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Wang revives golden virtues with original poetic lucidity to bring Zen to parenting: Patience is to Have no expectations But greater acceptance Children can devil or angel be- Put your hands on their backs The touch of their wings Wang equates parents with gardeners whose sole purpose is to nurture tender buds into full bloom.

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When I Talk to You. The Iliad Penguin Classics. The Odyssey Penguin Classics. Love Her Wild Poetry. Heroes Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures. The issue finally came to a head. Fortunately internment came to an end, and the people were let out—some forced out of the camps. Most detainees had nowhere to go, except back to the prejudices and hatred still lavishly vented upon them. What do you do then with no home, all your former wealth gone, and so many mouths to feed? Where do you go when folks in your previous habitat would rather see you at the moon than nearby?

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Frank came back to start again at the San Gabriel Valley. Initially, Rev. In gratitude, the entire family joined Rev. He created a circle of loyal customers enchanted with his gardening skills. He dreamed to open a nursery again, but that goal was never realized. In time, he acquired a large property in El Monte, and soon he expanded into landscaping. Again, Arcadia, Monrovia and the Foothills provided a splendid environment for his talents.

He read voraciously. He detested manicured lawns accented with encapsulated junipers looking like soccer balls hanging from a pole. To him each tree deserved just encouragement to maintain its natural beauty. They would ask him for a sketch or a plan but he never produced even one. He just smiled, told clients that everything was in his head, and bade their full trust. When he won it, he just went to work. He had a mysterious feeling for soils, mini-climates, and the entire natural and social geography.

He knew where plant, bridge, rock, pond and toro lantern , each of his own choice or creation, could show their best. Wherever he built, he did it in the most exquisite tariki 2 form. Frank the landscaper became the landscape. His skills blossomed and he created the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Arcadia and Monrovia—not one ever a look-alike. His prized jewel was the garden he built on a very large property designed like a fan, in The Foothills. It was a superb challenge that ended with fantastic results.

Black Pine. An older hakujin friend, a large man with a huge handlebar mustachio, who might have picked up the craft in Japan, taught Frank how to cast his own toro -stone lanterns. The more he learned the more he shared his skills with his gardener friends, who adopted him as their Mentor. And to his clients, Frank became a dear friend, and a genius whose wisdom they deeply enjoyed.

That law, while ending the denial of citizenship to Asian immigrants, still restricted and limited Japanese immigration to America. In , Frank went back to Japan to visit his parents. His father had died broken-hearted without a chance to see his chonan again for more than 32 years. The reunion with his mother was emotionally overwhelming. She died soon thereafter. Thanks to his American citizenship, Frank could now go back to Japan as often as he wished, and he managed to exercise that privilege, often taking the family with him, and bringing back new saplings of Japanese kuromatsu , the traditional Japanese garden tools that he preferred over those made in the United States, and some koi , the pricey Japanese carps.

In , when the Center moved to its current location, Frank landscaped by himself, the front of the property. Twelve kuromatsu , one akamatsu red pine and a group of junipers from his own collection, together with some gigantic boulders were chosen as the accents for the plot. Eight years later, when he became 70, he added the SEVENTY cypresses that surround the perimeter of the property…one tree for each year of his life.

I believe he also planted the clumps of Nandina 6 around the gym, and the other vegetation in the parking area planters. He also donated several of his lanterns—one dated At some time, he also provided three of his beautiful black pines to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.

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As a regular member, Frank often attended the Leisure Club meets, making many new friends there, and often bringing fruits and other vegetables from his personal garden. For one of his friends, Mrs. Kyoko Okada, he grafted a lemon tree which would provide citrus fruit over the entire year: tangelos, tangerines, and Mexican limes. The tree is still alive, though years of service have taken their toll on it. Both Frank and Kazue aged very gracefully. Even in his seventies Frank cut a very impressive figure. His strong, sinewy hands irradiated magnificent strength, deftness and creativity.

His fingers projected the tenderness he always showed to his plants. He kept caring for his priceless landscapes until his late years. The conifers had to be trimmed yearly every May. When he no longer could climb a ladder to clip and trim, he pointed with his cane to what his assistants had to cull or remove.


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In his eighties, he was still planting and babying kuromatsu saplings with unrelenting passion. One has to realize that before a tree can be set on a garden, it may take between twenty and thirty years of nursing.


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  5. But he just kept at the task totally unconcerned about uncertain morrows. Kazue died in Curiously enough, he survived her ten years, same as the age difference that separated them. Nisei Week Parade. However, he was never accorded the major awards he deserved as an exemplary trail blazer, top artist, teacher, and foremost contributor to the beautification of Southern California. Being truly modest and unassuming, casual appreciation of his great talents was enough for him.

    One of his haiku expresses that attitude with extreme clarity:.


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    Utsukushiku As the beautiful dew drop Kiete hatte un ya May my life one day Tsu yu no tama Simply fade away 7. Indeed, all his fellow gardeners, his clients and their children still regard him as a great influence in their lives, and also wish he would have been showered with great distinction.

    Frank died in June, By then, many of his contemporaries had already passed away.

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    A very poignant haiku for the 3 rd Reunion of Pre-war survivors reveals his readiness to follow them:. For me, Frank represents the vibrant Yamato spirit blended with the Japanese-American creativity that has so enriched our country. Kyoko Okada and May Sakoda, and to Bacon Sakatani for their additional information and valuable materials. Notes: 1.