Bon and Shoko Koizumi Visit Garden

We were delighted and honored when the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) visited our garden.  Bon Koizumi, accompanied by his wife Shoko, were in New Orleans for the opening of the exhibit “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn,” which was shown at Tulane University.  Mr. Koizumi gave a presentation on his grandfather, which was well received and appreciated by all who attended.  Despite their busy schedules, Mr. and Mrs. Koizumi were able to take time to visit our garden, named after his grandfather.  Both were very complimentary of the work we’ve done and felt that it did honor to its namesake.

Here is a picture of Bon and Shoko Koizumi, along with Mike Mitchell, president of the Japanese Garden Foundation (on the left) and Robin Tanner, the landscape designer (on the right).

Great Grandson of Lafcadio Hearn to visit New Orleans

As you know, the namesake of our garden is Koizumi Yakumo, the Japanese name taken by writer Lafcadio Hearn when he moved there from New Orleans.  The Japanese Garden Foundation is pleased to help co-sponsor a book and art exhibition of Hearn’s work, entitled The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn.  There will be an opening lecture and reception at Tulane University’s Freeman Auditorium, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m.  The exhibition will be open from Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will run from Oct. 18 through Oct. 28.

For more information about this important exhibit contact Bruce Raeburn at 504.865.5688 (; or Les Miller 504.314.7833 (