Ken Nakajima

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Takeshi "Ken" Nakajima
Died2000 (aged 85–86)
OccupationJapanese garden designer

Takeshi "Ken" Nakajima (中島 健, Nakajima Ken) was an important landscape architect and designer of Japanese gardens. Outside Japan, he designed the Montreal Botanical Garden,[1] the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre[2] in Australia, the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park,[3] and the Japanese Garden at the Moscow Botanical Garden of Academy of Sciences.

Born in Japan in 1914, Takeshi "Ken" Nakajima graduated from the Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1937, where he later became a faculty member.[4] In 1957, he started his own company called Consolidated Garden Research, based in Tokyo.

In 1986, Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan, awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Ray, for promoting Japanese culture worldwide.

Mr. Nakajima died on November 29, 2000, and the company he created passed to his son Hiro.[4]


  1. ^ "Montreal Botanical Garden: Japanese Garden". MIT Libraries. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
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  3. ^ "Points of Interest: Japanese Garden". Hermann Park. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Takeshi "Ken" Nakajima". The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved 17 July 2016.