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Then and Now: Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden

Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s sister city, where businessman Ed Tsutakawa spent his early years.

Feeding ducks at Manito Park still a problem

The Mirror Pond at Manito Park still has a duck-feeding issue. It’s not as bad as it was before the big duck roundup in 2008 when Parks Department staff corralled and relocated 35 domestic ducks that were living off bread handouts in the pond.

Feeding ducks at Manito Park still a problem

The Mirror Pond at Manito Park still has a duck-feeding issue. It’s not as bad as it was before the big duck roundup in 2008 when Parks Department staff corralled and relocated 35 domestic ducks that were living off bread handouts in the pond.

Japanese gardens set to close for season

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Manito Park will close for the season on Sunday. The garden will be open to visitors through Sunday each day at 8 a.m. and will close 30 minutes before dusk.

Popularity upends calm of meditative Manito garden

The Japanese garden at Spokane’s Manito Park offers a quiet, meditative experience – but not on nice weekend days. On Saturday more than 2,000 people, drawn by the warm sunshine, visited the outdoor attraction, creating what parks staff described as a wall-to-wall crowd.