Architect who combined Japanese traditions with US modernism dies after battling cancer

Landscape architect Takeo Uesugi, who combined traditional Japanese gardens to modernism in California, has died at his home in the US after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.

As a designer, Uesugi created landscapes that adapted the elements of a Japanese garden — rock, plants and water — to the climate of Southern California.

Among his most significant projects are the restoration of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Pine Wind Garden at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

Uesugi also designed the James Irvine Japanese Garden, with its tumbling stream and waterfall spilling onto rugged boulders, to symbolise the arrival of immigrants from Japan, and the difficulties they faced.