Japanese, Garden

The Front With Restaurant
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A restaurant was located at the left front of the Japanese garden. There was inside and outside seating at the restaurant with umbrellas covering the outside seating.


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The Garden Entrance
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The entry to the garden was open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. most days. Entry cost US $4.00 per adult, and US $3.00 for seniors (65+), students and military. Children 6 years of age and younger could enter for free.


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A Sculpted Path
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A lovely curved path lead through the garden. The was the scene visible from the entry gate.


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Souvenirs For Sale
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A case displaying souvenirs for sale was just opposite the bench where the entry fee was paid. The actual gift shop was inside with the restaurant.


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Lacquered Bamboo Fence
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The gate that would shut to close the entry was made of lacquered bamboo. It was in excellent repair.


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A Bamboo Faucet
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Water dripped from the end of the piece of bamboo entering from the left. Those drops slowly filled the lower piece on the pivot. After a while, the lower piece would fill, tilt and empty itself.


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Gardener At Work
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A gardener knelt on the edge of a curved path that afternoon. He wore kneepads and two hats for protection.


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A Small Museum
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A small art museum was found midway through the garden. It featured some classic Japanese art, also a significant show of modern art.


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Just Inside The Door
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Just inside the doorway to the museum were two art exhibits. The sign above the first case read, "Transitory Elements, Miya Hannan".


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Meditative Art
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A horizontal art-piece dominated the center of the room. Benches along each side provided a restful place to meditate on the art.


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Rock Garden
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Just outside the rear window of the small art museum was a large rock garden external link. Instead of stones, boulders were used, and instead of sand, gravel was used.


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The Path Continued
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The path continued past the museum and onward toward the koi pond and the wedding plaza.


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The Koi Pond
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Another meditative area was the Koi Pond. Water gently trickled over stones at the rear. An arbor overhead provided shade on sunny days, and seating was present for the weary.


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A Koi
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A Yamabuki Ogon external link koi surfaced in the koi pond. Watching the koi slowly swim could be a relaxing activity.


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Tufts Of Grass
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Tufts of native grass decorated one area of the garden. The texture of this grass was striking that afternoon under an overcast sky.


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A Bonsai Garden
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Behind a gardener's shed was a small bonsai garden external link. All the trees on exhibit were exquisitely made.


The Japanese Friendship Garden external link   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 14 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:58:54 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0406
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A Bonsai Cherry Tree
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The tour ended with this lovely bonsai cherry tree in full bloom.


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