We also took in the Japanese Garden in the Otani Hotel and the James Irvine Japanese Garden in the Japanese American Cultural Center, but I was a bit disappointed. I this is in part because I've spent so much time at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Long Beach State, an unfair comparison because it is by design on a much greater scale.
Yet, it was also because both of the smaller gardens lacked koi. However, as a brief refuge from the city, they filled the spot.
I also finally saw the monument to haiku and tanka in the Japanese Village Plaza.