Friendship Garden. San Diego, CA, US.
“The original Japanese tea house in Balboa Park … was built for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915… [when] the city couldn’t maintain the operation after the exposition, a Japanese couple, Hachisaku and Osamu Asakawa, managed it until 1941. When the U.S. entered World War II that year, the Asakawas, along with other Japanese-Americans were interned during the war... Left to deteriorate, the teahouse was finally razed in 1955…“ (Source: Priscilla Lister)
It wasn’t until 1990 that the Japanese garden was re-established in Balbao Park.
Today 100,000 people visit this 2-acre garden each year. It is so popular that an additional 9 acre expansion is set to open in 2015. A must-see during any visit to San Diego.