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May Garden Lecture - Japanese-American Baseball
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America's favorite pastime is the topic of our last Garden Lecture of the season on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Garden. Author Bill Staples, Jr. performed a great deal of research into this chapter of Japanese-American baseball history. Join us as he presents information from his book, Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer. Bill's love of the game is obvious as he brings together two cultures and provides details of Japanese life during war-time incarceration.We hope you will join us as we learn more about this amazing individual!
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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, named Ro Ho En is an authentic 3 1/2 acre Japanese Stroll Garden with tea garden and tea house. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 300 colorful Koi fish.
One of the main attractions at the Japanese Friendship Garden is the Japanese Tea House.
3.5 total acres with a 5/8 acre Koi pond.
More than 50 varieties of plants including two varieties of bamboo.
Designers chose plant species that can withstand the rigors of a desert environment. 1,500 tons of rock handpicked from quarries near Jerome, Superior, Congress and Florence line the stream beds, walking paths, lake shore and main lake waterfall.
Landscape architects from Himeji, Japan made 60 trips to Phoenix and City of Phoenix delegations made five trips to Himeji since 1987. Overall, more than 50 architects from Himeji contributed to the project.
Construction Cost: $3.8 million by bond funds, $1.0 million by private donations.
The Name - Ro Ho En
The name – Ro Ho En is a combination of three Japanese words. Ro means Heron, a bird symbol of Himeji City. Shira Sagi Jou, or the White Heron, is a 300-year-old medieval castle in Himeji. Ho is the Japanese word for the city of mythical Phoenix bird. En means garden.
About Sister Cities
Himeji became a Phoenix Sister City in November 1976 and is one of nine Sister Cities around the globe. Phoenix and Himeji participate in business, governmental, cultural and educational exchanges that promote international goodwill and understanding. The Garden is the shared cultural vision of the cities of Phoenix and Himeji.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and our Sister City of Himeji, Japan.