Our Mission

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Mission Statement: The EBMJG is an inspiring landscape for people of all backgrounds and ages. This living museum educates and engages families, students, and the various communities of Long Beach while providing a place of refuge, beauty, and contemplation. Our strategic priorities, Preservation, Visibility, Education, Arts & Culture, and Health & Wellness, encourage visitors to experience the vibrant culture of Japan. 

Vision Statement: The EBMJG aspires to welcome guests to rejuvenate their bodies, minds, and spirits; promoting safe and accessible wellness for all. The Garden strives to foster and preserve an authentic setting for Japanese cultural education. We seek to develop the Garden’s supporting partners, enduring value, and social impact for our members and visitors.

Loraine H Miller Collins

"I have a dream for this garden. When a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty, may they enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day. There will be music of the wind through the pines, music from the waterfalls and the birds. There will be serenity as you walk around the lake, and joy, I hope, in the beauty of the reflections in that lake. There will be iris and azaleas in the Spring. Flowering magnolia in Summer. In the Fall, chrysanthemums and the gold of the liquid amber trees. There will be strength and solidity in the rocks and the wooden bridges. And, of course, there will be bamboo, a favorite wood of the Japanese because it is so useful and beautiful. There is an old proverb that says, 'Bamboo bends but never breaks.' It is my hope that as you leave your tour of the garden, you will find in your heart that proverb, and the day will be filled with joy."

– Loraine Miller Collins

Garden Founder at its dedication on April 3, 1981