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Description: These beautiful gardens were a great place to visit, one late afternoon in March. The history of the gardens shows one of America's saddest and most shameful chapters: the internment of Japanese citizens in WWII. The gardener was arrested, stripped of his property, and put into prision for no good reason. Then they changed the name of the gardens, and there are still signs of this (litterally- a carved wooden sign reading "Chinese Tea Gardens" still stands.) But eventually, a descendant of that gardener was allowed to work the grounds again and they are once again known as "The Japanese Tea Gardens

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