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Saturday, April 07, 2007 

Yamashiro and Magic Castle up for sale?

Just say OH...NO.
A famous piece of Hollywood is up for sale. The owners of the Magic Castle and the Japanese mansion that houses the Yamashiro restaurant are looking for someone interested in acquiring the landmarks and the surrounding 10-acre hilltop property. - sfgate
more at CRBE and Curbed LA
For 88 years Yamashiro has watched over the history of Hollywood. It has witnessed the birth of the film industry, the glamour of Hollywood’s “Golden Age”, the difficult times of war with Japan, and the current period of intense interest in Eastern cultures. Yamashiro started as a fabulous private estate and is now open to the public as a unique restaurant and public gardens.

Landscaping at Yamashiro was a $2 million effort and resulted in California’s foremost Japanese gardens. Hillside terraces were filled with 30,000 varieties of trees and shrubs, waterfalls, hundreds of goldfish, and even a private zoo of exotic birds and monkeys. Miniature bronze houseboats floated along a maze of tiny canals through a miniature Japanese village.- Yamashiro History
Eater LA says that Yamashiro isn't going anywhere...for now. Let's hope that Yamashiro will continue to watch over Hollywood's History. I have some reservations over it's survival....but please make some of your own.

My Flickr photos of a brunch day up at Yamashiro.

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