Sunpu Chaya Complete. Thank You Shizuoka !
The Sunpu Chaya wooden “waiting room” structure is complete and was fully dedicated May 6th, 2016 in the Japanese section of Lauritzen Gardens. It was a beautiful day to be in the gardens and the ceremony was attended by city officials from Shizuoka and Omaha, including Mayor Jean Stothert. The City of Shizuoka officially presented the”Sumpu Jaya” to Omaha as an additional gift in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Omaha and Shizuoka. The citizens of Omaha are very grateful of this outstanding 5oth anniversary gift and will enjoy the addition to the Japanese gardens for years to come.
Craftsmen from Shizuoka arrived in Omaha late April to build the unique wooden structure with special Cyprus lumber that was purchased and cut in Japan, then shipped from Shizuoka to Omaha. The Sumpu Jaya is a small, free-standing, roofed structure likened to a “waiting room”, or gazebo, a space before entering a Tea House. It is a unique wooden building with openings for a relaxing view of the SUNPU CASTLE GATE AND MT. FUJI REPLICA. It is thought of as a refuge for peaceful contemplation. The A Douglas County grant and other contributions from Shizuoka and Omaha has funded the project.