Kaneji Domoto

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Kaneji "Kan" Domoto (堂本 兼次, Dōmoto Kaneji, November 5, 1912 - January 27, 2002),[1] was an American architect and landscape architect. He was born in Oakland, California, on November 5, 1912 to Kanetaro ("Tom") and Teru Morita Domoto as the eighth of 11 children. He attended Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and was interned at the Granada War Relocation Center during World War II.[2] He studied with Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin and had a 50+ year career. Kan's career in architecture and landscape design spanned over 50 years, and included both residential and commercial projects. He received many awards for his Japanese-American gardens including the Frederick Law Olmsted Award for his Jackson Park design. He also published a book on bonsai.

Following the death of his first wife, Sally, who died in 1978, and in 1992 he married cookbook author Sylvia Schur. In addition to his 4 children, he leaves 3 stepchildren, six grandchildren, one great granddaughter, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Domoto died January 27, 2002 at the age of 89.


Domoto co-authored Bonsai and the Japanese garden (1974; ISBN 0-88453-013-2) with George Kay.


  1. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths DOMOTO, KANEJI (KAN)". The New York Times. 2002-02-10.
  2. ^ Goulka, Jim (2003), "Taliesin Architects Reorganized" (PDF), BYU Studies, 12: 3