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January 21, 2007|By [LORI SEARS]

Japanese gardens

Say konnichiwa (hello) to the new Japanese exhibit at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall in Washington. Featuring more than 50 images snapped by National Geographic photographers over the past century, the exhibit Spirit of Japanese Gardens, opening Thursday and running through April 29, offers a look into the artistry of the gardens. Works by photographers Eliza Scidmore, Sam Abell, Cary Wolinsky, Michael Yamashita and Bob Krist will be on display. Also on view will be a newly designed garden by Yotaro Ono, president of the Zen Garden Society of Kyoto, Japan. Ono's garden, which will change with the seasons, will first feature a winter-themed design. The second creation will include cherry blossoms.

The National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall is at 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Free admission. 202-857-7588 or

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