Discussion of ‘The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto’ at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley Botanical Garden: Japanese pool under construction, circa 1939, Kaneji Domoto Collection, Environmental Design Archives,


BERKELEY — A panel discussion on “The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto” will be given on Thursday, Sept. 26, at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library, Wurster Hall, Room 210.

Exhibition viewing and light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; panel discussion from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

In 1939, a Japanese garden of maples, peonies, and pines, complete with a pavillion and a drum bridge that spanned a quiet lagoon, bloomed to the delight of thousands at the Golden Gate International Exposition held on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Nisei landscape architect and architect Kaneji Domoto was hired, along with other college boys, to help design and build the Treasure Island garden, bringing experience from working at his family’s Oakland business, Domoto Brothers Nursery.

When the exhibition closed, some of the garden’s rocks were t