I lived for 10 years with my Nihonjin wife in nearby Mountain View. We built a karesansui drey creekbed in the front yard.
After she passed away, I moved to San Jose, near Japantown, where I now live.
So I have ideas for doing my front yard in the fashion of a tea garden.
Welcome to the forum. Please share your project as it develops. I am sure everyone will be very interested
Welcome to the forum and i am sorry for your loss, Itazura. Where is Mountain View? Now you are in California?
Mountain View is in Silicon Valley, south San Francisco Bay, as is San Jose. :)