San-Kei-En

The Japanese Friendship Garden, San-Kei-En, represents a bond of friendship between the peoples of San Diego and Yokohama.  Situated in Balboa Park in San Diego, the garden was named after the San-Kei-En Garden in Yokohama.  Above is a picture of the Zen Garden where seven large rocks imported from Japan serve as meditation points in the raked gravel. Advertisements

Hello Kitty

Kongo was visiting the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park today and came across this collection of cats.  Actually they are Maneki Neko, or “welcoming cats” from Japan.  Maneki Neko can have either the right or left paw raised with one paw meaning good luck and wealth while the other paw means a lot of customers will come in.  There seems  a lot of confusion about which is which.