The Kohan Reflection Garden is an example of the “Stroll Garden” which comes out of the Edo Period (AD 1600–1868). The design elements include enclosures and entries. At the Kohan, a hemlock hedge creates an enclosure, a world apart: a place to relax and restore. The Gatehouse entrance to the Garden denotes a sacred place or sanctuary. This building sets the Garden aside from the outside world.
CHIE KAMEGAYA, one of the many Japanese Canadians who were transported in 1942 to the internment camp in New Denver, planted the first ornamental tree (Japanese maple or Acer palmatum atropurpureum) in the Kohan Reflection Garden, in 1989. Mrs. Kamegaya contributed a great deal to the preservation of Japanese culture in New Denver.