Ornamental Rock Gardens

black and white photo of three people around rock garden in front of building

National Archives and Records Administration

Yasusuke Kotiga had built a beautiful ornamental garden throughout his time spent incarcerated at Minidoka. When the camps closed, Mr. Kogita requested that the government send his rock garden from Minidoka to Seattle. The garden was recreated in front of Yasusuke Kotiga’s International District hotel. His son currently has the rocks to his garden in Seattle1.
1Chiang, Connie Y. Nature Behind Barbed Wire. Oxford University Press. (New York: 2018).

Last updated: September 3, 2019

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