March 28, 2009
The Japanese Garden is a 6 1/2 acre park located in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. It incorporates elements traditional to gardens built for feudal lords in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are paved paths, water features and a tea house. Many water birds, especially egrets and ducks, can be seen enjoying the area. The garden shares its address on Woodley Avenue with a wastewater treatment plant which supplies the water for the garden's lake. Although visually appealing, the experience is affected by a distinctive odor whose pungency varies depending on the weather and the direction of the wind. The treatment plant can be viewed from an elevated walkway at one end of the garden.