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Hakone Estate and Gardens' Centennial festivities continue with the upcoming April 30 debut of the latest exhibit, “Hakone Centennial: The Tilden Era.”

The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from 1932-1961, the time frame Major Charles Lee Tilden owned and operated Hakone as a private retreat. He purchased it from the original owners, the Stine Family, who created the estate and gardens from 1915-1917. Major Tilden hired Japanese landscape gardener James Sasaki to make improvements to the gardens and build several additional structures such as the Mon (main gate), upper pavilion, and wisteria arbor.

For this second year of Hakone's Centennial celebration in 2016, Hakone Foundation proudly presents an exhibition of the Tilden Era, on display now through spring 2017. At the Cultural Exchange Center, this exhibit of photographs and memorabilia tells the story of how Major Charles Lee Tilden and his heirs lovingly maintained and enhanced Hakone gardens.  Learn about this fascinating time in Hakone's and California's history during this special exhibit, including how Sasaki served the gardens for 30 years – except the three-and-a-half years he and his family were sent to a relocation camp during WWII. Learn how the Tilden family protected the gardens during an era when many Japanese gardens were defaced or destroyed.  The Tilden era, the longest of private ownerships, made the lasting  impact on Hakone.  With the  vision of Charles L. Tilden and the dedication of James Sasaki, this era of ownership gave Hakone the enduring and exquisite beauty of a Japanese garden estate we enjoy today.

This year 2016 makes  another milestone, the 50th anniversary of the City of Saratoga's ownership of Hakone. Maintained by the Hakone Foundation, Hakone Estate and Gardens is the oldest Japanese garden in the Western Hemisphere. Located high above and overlooking Silicon Valley, Hakone's 18-acres of peaceful, beautiful Japanese gardens invite visitors to relax in quiet contemplation, celebrate a private corporate or personal celebration, or an authentic Japanese festival.

Thousands of people visit Hakone each year to escape the city without going off the grid. They come to revel in Japanese culture; leisurely strolling the hill and koi pond garden, to ascending the moon bridge, the dry landscape garden, or quietly reflecting in the bamboo garden. To make the most of the cultural experience, groups of five or more can take advantage of docent-led tours and traditional tea ceremonies and kimono wearing demonstrations. Origami and Storytelling classes fire the imaginations of children ages 5-13. Hakone offers a wide variety of educational classes, from Zen meditation, karate and Tai Chi to Japanese painting and tea ceremony programs.

The event is free with the admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and kids under 5 are free. Members and a guest can enjoy free admission.
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