Chiyo’s Garden

Seattle, WA


Seattle’s Nihonmachi, or Japantown, thrived as a significant epicenter for early Japanese community and culture. This urban garden located in the International District reflects on that history and celebrates the future of this community.

Public Art Project
Urban Garden
2,700 sq ft

  • Client:The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
  • Artist:Rumi Koshino

Kaeru means frog in Japanese. It can also mean “to return.” As a symbol for the garden, it marks a place to always return to as a community gathering space.


The rounded wood sculptures placed throughout the garden evoke waves of the ocean and can also be seen as the stones that a frog playfully hops on.


The wooden deck recalls Seattle’s sidewalks in the 1930’s. It provides a stage using the concrete wall as a backdrop and surrounded by flowering plantings.


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