The grounds of the Japanese Garden also feature a series of koi ponds, elaborate carved wood gates, many stone lanterns, a five-story pagoda (dating from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915), a Zen Garden constructed of stones and gravel, a high-arching Drum Bridge (a relic of the original Japanese Village), and a tea house and gift shop.
A large bronze Buddha near the teahouse, cast in Japan in 1790, was presented to the garden by the Gump Company in 1949. The 9,000-pound bronze Peace Lantern situated behind the pagoda was bought with the contributions of Japanese schoolchildren and presented to the garden in 1953 in commemoration of the U.S.-Japan peace treaty signed in San Francisco in 1951. As we were walking along the paths, another family was also enjoying the gardens. The daughter took a picture of her parents in front of the Buddha. As we walked by, she asked if we wanted her to take our picture. She was a challenged young lady and was so excited when we said yes. I think she did a good job.