Kubota Garden is a 20 acre (81,000 m sq) Japanese garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle
. A public park since 1987, it was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese emigrant. Today, it is maintained as a public park by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and the Kubota Garden Foundation.
Fujitaro Kubota emigrated from Shikoku, Japan
in 1907 and established the Kubota Gardening Company in 1923.Kubota Garden served as cultural center for the Japanese community in Seattle, as well as a home, office and nursery for his business.The garden is open to the public every day during daylight hours all year round. School children, senior groups, tourists, and garden clubs make up a large portion of their audience.Major features of the Kubota Garden include the Meeting Lawn, the Bamboo Grove, the Necklace of Ponds, the Mountainside, and the Tom Kubota Stroll Garden.