The Torii Gate – The Torii is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a Shinto shrine and marks the entrance to a sacred space. The original Torii Gate was a gift to the City of Oakland in 1969 from the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Fukuoka, Japan, Oakland’s sister city. The gate was rebuilt in 2002 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship.

The Torii Gate and Our Sister City

The large vermillion Torii gate serves as a landmark for the entire Gardens of Lake Merritt. Located at the end of the back entry path and at the edge of the forested heart of the garden, it represents the inward journey from the profane to the sacred. The original Torii Gate was a gift […]

New Neighbors Move In

The Gardens at Lake Merritt are well-known as a showcase for many species of flora.  Recently, a leaky, resource-wasting water feature– designed in a day when few questioned the constant draining, cleaning and refilling involved in maintaining decorative ponds– was transformed into a habitat for several species of  fauna– dragonflies, damselflies and tree frogs.

What started as […]

Youth Moving Boulders to Beautify Gardens

Young adults from the Piedmont Community Service Crew (Venturers), a coed service program for youth 14-21 and operating under the Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts of America,  joined with gardeners to enhance the Torii Gate Garden with a set of large rock features. It was a big job.

Lead volunteer gardener for the Torii Garden, Peter […]

Welcome to The Torii Gate

 

The Torii is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a Shinto shrine and marks the entrance to a sacred space. The original Torii Gate was a gift to the City of Oakland in 1969 from the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Fukuoka, Japan, Oakland’s sister city. The gate was rebuilt in […]

Join Oakland and Fukuoka Dignitaries for Japanese Lantern Dedication at Torii Gate August 19

 

Oakland, Japanese Sister City Mark 50 Years with Local Events
 This year, Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan celebrate the 50th Anniversary of establishing a Sister City relationship with events here in Oakland August 17-20, including a lanterns and cherry tree dedication in The Gardens at Lake Merritt Sunday, August 19.

In 1962 the city of Oakland formed a […]

Earth Day with HandsOn Bay Area

We had a great work day on Saturday, April 17 in the Torii Gate Garden with volunteers of all ages.

The group was comprised primarily of a team from PG&E.

The major focus of our work was beginning a new stone beach for the pond in the garden.

Volunteers also did some excavation to install some electric conduit, and general weeding.

Everyone pitched in and […]

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival

Please join the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association and the Golden State Bonsai Collection North for an Evening of Japanese food, entertainment and moon viewing.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 – Free + Open to the Public
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA
(Entrance on Grand at Fairyland)

Program
5:30 pm – bonsai Garden & Bento Dinner*
Open House by the […]