Who We Are

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Imagine this: Bamboo leaves rustle against the wind. A small waterfall splashes into a pond that’s bordered by natural stone. You gaze down at the white-and-gold koi as they whip their tails against the water.

Peace surrounds you.

Remembering The “Now”

Whether you like to admit it or not, you’re stressed out. Bills, work, politics… LIFE. It’s easy to forget that the present moment is the most important moment to be in. And a lot of times, you need some sort of escape… What if we told you that you could find that peace in your own home?

Kohei Owatari and Associates have decades of experience specializing in Japanese landscape design, we create gardens, koi ponds, and other water features. Right in your home.

Contemporary and Traditional

We specialize in Japanese gardens and koi ponds, but we find that combining that with European concepts creates a unique style that fits well in Western settings. You won’t be getting anything cookie cutter from us!


All of our designs are environmentally friendly. In fact, We’re proud to have been involved in the first landscape design project to receive LEED certification!

Environmentally friendly means money saved… Our designs incorporate less thirsty plants and eco-friendly pumps which means less water used and less money wasted.

Reverence for Nature

Nature plays a huge part in my landscape designs. We often use stone in its natural state or carve it to fit naturally with other features. Then they can be stacked to create even grander objects: a pillar, a wall, or mosaics. Every piece of stone has an incredible variety of texture and color that makes your garden different than any others.

We love to pair water and stone in my designs. They are complementary elements… That means they work well together to create a peaceful and natural environment. It’s a gentle reminder to forget about all the e-mails on your phone and look at your surroundings every once in awhile!