The Original Japanese Tea Garden

For many years, a Japanese garden has been the dream of San Diegans, many of whom recall the original Japanese tea house.

Japanese Tea House, 1915

Japanese Tea House, 1915

 

Built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition, the tea house stood in Balboa Park for approximately forty years as a symbol of the strong cultural and commercial ties that linked two of the world’s leading nations. What started as a commercial venture was turned over to local Japanese operators, and served as a cultural center until the early 1940s. Please visit the San Diego History Center’s website www.sandiegohistory.org for a detailed account of the Panama-California Exposition San Diego 1915-1916, by Richard Amero. The following images are from the collection of the San Diego History Center:

Japanese Tea House, 1935

Japanese Tea House, 1935

 
 
Banner Photo Credit: Dominic Nepomuceno