Canadian Embassy Garden Tokyo was designed by Shunmyo Masuno, the head priest and landscape architect at a Zen Buddhist temple in Yokohama. Shunmyo Masumo is the only Buddhist cleric still practicing garden design in the tradition of the traditional stone-setting priests. Indeed, part of the tradition of a Zen garden is the design, care, maintenance of such a garden as a form of meditation. In the Tokyo Canadian Embassy garden, stones in Japan were chosen to represent the geological character of the bedrock that forms the Canadian Shield and to embody harmony between Canada and Japan. The ruggedness of the Canadian terrain is suggested in the rough edges of the stone. The vast expanse of land in Canada is also reflected in the design of the garden.