Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose, California
Tranquility, peace, and beauty are just a few reasons why I love visiting Japanese Gardens. Their unique aesthetics cultivate not just, but rest, meditation, and sentimental pleasure as well. I welcomed the sweater weather by visiting the neighboring Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose, California. In the heart of Kelly Park is a six-acre garden that is patterned after Japan’s famous Korakuen Garden in Okayama. The garden has three ponds which are interconnected by streams and is each filled with colorful koi sent from Okayama. And if you have time to spare, just a few minutes from Kelly Park is the city’s famed Rose Garden that’s been hailed as the best in the country.
The United States may not be famous for medieval villages and castles nor is it known for colossal amphitheaters that date back thousands of years, but if there’s one thing they really should be praised for and are good at, it’s nature and wildlife preservation and conservation. There 59 National Parks in the United States that are considered protected areas. The landscapes of the Grand Canyon, the picturesque mountain ranges of Yosemite, and the geysers and wildlife of Yellowstone are just three of these protected lands. 14 of these parks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites while 21 are UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. A true testament to America’s penchant for protecting their natural flora and fauna.
Asides from these National Parks there are smaller parks all over the country that represent the same ambition. Think Central Park in New York or Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose is a great example of these parks and much more.
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