UBC’s Asian Centre

Behind the Asian Research building was the Asian centre — a secluded hideaway amongst maples and Douglas firs. I stepped behind Tagore’s statue, and felt like I was back in Japan.

Rabindranath Tagore statue
Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali Nobel prize winner for literature

To the right was the Pacific bell and bell tower commemorating the 2009 visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. The tower was constructed of Canadian cedar but followed an 800 year old Japanese design. The bell was cast by a Japanese master, Masahiko Katori.

Asian centre, UBC
Asian Centre, UBC, Vancouver

I admired the beautiful construction with no one in sight. The sound of running water from the pool that surrounded the centre added to the ambiance.

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