SF Examiner: Japanese Tea Garden’s tea house named after Jack Hirose

Back in 1959, Jack Hirose partnered with the Recreation and Park Department to become the Japanese Tea Garden concessionaire. While his official business concluded in 1992, he remained active in supporting the garden.

On Aug. 18, the Rec and Park Commission unanimously approved of renaming the tea house the Jack Hirose Tea House, and will install a commemorative plaque at the site.

“One of Jack Hirose’s last acts of generosity was to support the proposal of Carol Murata in the 2008 [request for proposal] process to select a concessionaire for the Tea House and Gift Shop by pledging $500,000 for the refurbishments of those facilities,” according to the Rec and Park proposal to name the teas house after Hirose, who died Dec. 25, 2009.