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Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

Address: 15770 10th Ave, Hanford, CA
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Hanford
Type: Art Museums, Cultural
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Durham, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We enjoyed our visit, especially the Bonsai garden. What a surprising find, amid the almond groves and within smelling distance of a dairy! It's closing for good in summer 2015, so catch it now. The website says a bit more, but it is strange-- and has no address info at all!

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Hanford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a wonderful collection of Japanese art work that rotates every few months. Rare pieces that you find hard to see anywhere else. Twice a year they have special days where the children can learn oragami and other art. Bonsai are on display, cultural food is available. Definitely worth a visit.

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Oakhurst, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The Clark Center offers a bit of Japan in the heart of California, tucked away among orchards just south of Hanford CA. The center offers surprising traditional architecture, an impressive reference library and a museum/gallery that features quarterly rotating exhibits. The center's unique outdoor Bonsai garden should not be missed!

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a small museum and research center located on a farm south of Hanford. The grounds have a small library and office building, a small museum which you tour with a guide, and a Zen garden. You can look into Mr. Clark's Japanese garden but you can't enter. There is also a beautiful Bonsai collection that visitors can visit... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Pleasantly surprised to find this cultural museum holding seasonal displays of treasured Japanese Art. The gardens were also a shady respite within the dry surrounding agriculture fields and desolate roads. In front is an interesting walk thru garden display of bonsai trees. There is a pleasant gift shop that sells Japanese incense, art and novelties. The only drawback is that... More 

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Lemoore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The sitting is serene. The grounds are elegant with a small Zen rock garden and bonsai garden adjacent to the exhibit building door that is flanked by two guardians. After exchanging shoes for slippers one enters a fore room then the main exhibit room. With a rotation of Mr. Clark's collection or loaned art work one sees the best in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you have any interest at all in japanese art or history, you NEED TO PUT THIS ON YOUR TO DO LIST!. This is a hidden GEM located in the midst of the Central California agricultural farmland. The Clark Center is amazing, and the pieces that are part of this collection rival those found in the most famous museums in... More 

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