The Japanese Garden - Flowers in Place of Missiles
In the summer of 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, Katyusha missiles fell on the grounds of the Ort Braude Academic College of Engineering. Two years later, a beautiful Japanese garden was built in the area where these missiles had fallen. The garden, built in an abandoned quarry within the boundaries of the campus, was the joint initiative of the college and the Carmiel Municipality, the Quarry Rehabilitation Fund, and the Japanese Embassy in Israel.
The inauguration of the garden was attended by the Japanese Ambassador to Israel, at the time, Mr. Yoshinuri Katuri; the college president at the time, Dr. Shmaryahu Rozner; the Chairman of the Quarry Rehabilitation Fund, Dr. Yaakov Mimran; Chairman of the Board of Governors and CEO Ort Israel, Mr. Tzvika Peleg and many other guests. At the inauguration, Mr. Peleg commended the cooperation between the different institutions that led to the establishment of the impressive garden.
The Japanese Garden has become a beautiful tranquil spot for students, lecturers and residents of the region. A beautiful path runs through the park along the walls of the quarry. The plants are suited to the garden style and there is a stage for ceremonies and performances. In the evening, the garden is lit with special lighting.
The garden is located behind the security guard’s booth at the entrance to the college. Admission is free.