What is a Japanese garden?

When people hear ‘Japanese garden’, they think Zen gardening or the bonsai style, but there is more to it. It is not just the creation and connection to nature, it also contains a spiritual and historical experience as well.”
Koji Morimoto

A Partnership with the Topeka Zoo


Japanese Landscaping has been running since 2001 and is taking a huge step towards helping the Topeka Zoo. Japanese Garden is partnering up with KBS Construction and GLMV (architecture firm). The project is excpected to finish Spring of 2020 and is to be approximately 2.5 acres in size! Read on to learn more about the project.



The Concept Design

2017 Design (Pilot)

Look forward to the Spring 2020 finished product which will truly encompass the Japanese style.


Discussing future plans with the KBS Manager for Kay’s Garden


The garden has gained media publicity! Here is Koji’s interview with KSNT News during the grand opening.


The Japan Festival is an annual event held at Johnson County Community College. He holds his own segment where gives workshops and a Q&A section on Japanese landscaping for those who are interested in the craft.

ATTENTION! Koji will be holding his workshop twice October 5th, 2019. He will be in room 224 in the Carlsen Center at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Visit the Japan Festival website for more details!


History of Loose Park Japanese Garden and Tea Room

The Loose Park Japanese Garden and Tea Room in 2007. Kurashiki has been Sister Cities with Kansas City, Missouri for 47 years. The project was made to celebrate their 35th anniversary. Koji was the Design Consultant for the Japanese garden.


Koji Morimoto has gained attention from local press on his work since starting his business. Here are the various articles about Japanese Landscaping and Koji Morimoto.

Photo by: ROY INMAN

Photo by: ROY INMAN

Landscaper lends Japanese style to local gardens

“Koji Morimoto grew up in a peaceful village living “a classic Japanese lifestyle.” Only after immigrating to the United States in 1992, landing in California, then moving to upstate New York, did he fully appreciate what he had and became serious about Japanese gardening.

Now as the owner of Japanese Landscaping, he designs and maintains gardens for clients throughout Kansas City. At the Prairie Village home of Francis and Charlene Lemery, a comprehensive garden he maintains, Morimoto shared his thoughts: […]” Click the button to read the full article. Article by Andrea Darr.



Architect Steve Abend builds an artful outdoor oasis

“[…] “Part of it is mystery,” he said. “You can’t see it all at once. It lets the imagination wander. Scale is important; (so are) lines that disappear and go beyond your line of sight. In Oriental design, odd numbers are better than even.”

Years ago, at Harvard, Abend took a course in Japanese garden design, but he received less than an A-plus when he asked local Japanese landscaping expert Koji Morimoto to grade his current efforts.

“Morimoto diplomatically let me know it could be a lot better,” Abend said. “It was a team effort to make it better.” […]” Click the button to read the full article. Article by Alice Thorson.



Adding Zen to your garden is easier than you think

“[…] Today, local Japanese gardening expert Koji Morimoto assists Lemery with pruning.

Masters of Japanese gardening often spend a lifetime perfecting the craft of pruning in the specimen style, which is similar to bonsai, only for larger trees in a landscape. Bonsai is for smaller, potted plants.

“When the Japanese trim pines in the bonsai style, they like to leave a space between the limbs that a robin can fly through, land on the branch and then fly off,” says Buck Buchan, of midtown’s Buck Buchan Landscape Design. “There are times for tight shearing, when they create many balls of azaleas, and then there are also times for a light and airy look. […]” Click the button to read the full article. Article by Tracy Flowers.