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San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden (In Kelley Park)

San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden (In Kelley Park) |

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1300 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA 95112
Map of San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden (In Kelley Park), 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose

The San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden, located in Kelley Park, is a beautiful and serene oasis that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan. It serves as a symbol of the enduring friendship between San Jose, California, and its sister city, Okayama, Japan. The garden was designed to embody the traditional Japanese aesthetic and principles of harmony, balance, and tranquility.

Spread across six acres, the Japanese Friendship Garden is meticulously landscaped and features various elements that create a harmonious environment. The garden incorporates traditional Japanese garden design elements, including carefully arranged rocks, meticulously pruned trees, tranquil ponds, and meandering pathways. It is meticulously maintained, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience for visitors.

One of the main attractions of the garden is the Koi Pond, which is home to a vibrant community of colorful koi fish. The pond is adorned with water lilies and surrounded by carefully manicured greenery, providing a serene and picturesque spot for relaxation and contemplation.

The Tea House, or 'Chashitsu,' is another highlight of the Japanese Friendship Garden. It is a traditional Japanese tea house where visitors can experience the art of tea ceremony, a revered cultural practice in Japan. The Tea House is designed with authentic architectural elements, such as tatami mats, sliding doors, and a peaceful view of the garden.

Throughout the garden, visitors will also find several bridges, stone lanterns, and pagodas, which further enhance the traditional Japanese atmosphere. These structures are strategically placed to offer different perspectives of the garden's beauty and provide ideal photo opportunities.

The San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden serves as a gathering place for cultural events, educational programs, and celebrations of Japanese traditions. Visitors can participate in workshops, demonstrations, and performances that showcase various aspects of Japanese culture, including Ikebana (flower arrangement), bonsai (miniature trees), and traditional music and dance.

Overall, the San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park is a serene and enchanting destination that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It provides an immersive experience where visitors can appreciate the beauty of nature, engage with Japanese culture, and deepen their understanding of the enduring friendship between San Jose and Okayama.

Note: 5.5 acres, located in Kelley Park, includes three koi ponds, patterned after Japan's famous Korakuen Garden in Okayama



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