The Peace Trees of the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is home to a variety of inspiring Peace Trees. These Peace Trees are descendants of trees that miraculously survived the Hiroshima A-Bomb during World War II.

The trees were presented by Green Legacy Hiroshima, an organization that spreads the seeds and saplings of Peace Trees to gardens around the world. They are symbols of hope, and the resilience of life, and the victory of human friendship, understanding and peace.

Here are some photos collected over the past couple months. May these Peace Trees grow and thrive in beautiful Balboa Park, where people come together to celebrate the good of humanity.

People walk through the profound beauty of the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego.
People walk through the profound beauty of the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Wisteria Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Wisteria Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
A walk through the Lower Garden of the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A walk through the Lower Garden of the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Tending to small bonsai trees in the Upper Garden.
Tending to small bonsai trees in the Upper Garden.
Plaque near Camphor Peace Tree in the Japanese Friendship Garden. In August 15, 2015 the JFG received 15 saplings grown from trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Plaque near Camphor Peace Tree in the Japanese Friendship Garden. In August 15, 2015 the JFG received 15 saplings grown from trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The Camphor Peace Tree flourishes in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Proof that life, hope and peace can prosper.
This Camphor Peace Tree flourishes in the Japanese Friendship Garden. Proof that life, hope and peace can prosper.

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Starlight Bowl’s restoration is looking good!

The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!
The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!

I walked around the Starlight Bowl today and was super excited to see the progress of its restoration. No weeds and a fresh coat of paint–and a clean, inviting appearance! After years of sorry neglect, what a positive change! Thanks to the folks at Save Starlight and many hardworking volunteers, this beloved outdoor venue in Balboa Park appears well on its way to creating more happy memories!

The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see a performance!
The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see an outdoor performance! Under the stars!

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Help save the historic Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park!

Banner above shuttered box office windows of Balboa Park's vacant, neglected Starlight Bowl asks volunteers to help clean up and save the Starlight!
Banner above shuttered box office windows of Balboa Park’s vacant, neglected Starlight Bowl asks volunteers to help clean up and save the Starlight!

A new effort is underway to save the historic Starlight Bowl! You might recall that I blogged a couple years ago (on my main blog Cool San Diego Sights) about how the beloved outdoor venue and cultural treasure tragically fell into disuse. I still remember watching musicals performed in this wonderful outdoor amphitheater when I was young!

Well, today, while walking through Balboa Park, I spotted something exciting! Here are the photos! A cleanup is scheduled for August 13 and supporters are being sought to help restore the Starlight Bowl to its former glory! Please click the image that contains loads of information–it will enlarge so that you can read it!

Here’s a link to the website SaveStarlight.org where you can learn much more and join the effort! ┬áMy calendar is marked for the cleanup day!

Spread the word!

Make a wish for Starlight! Better yet, lend a hand to help restore this Balboa Park and San Diego cultural treasure!
Make a wish for Starlight! Better yet, lend a hand to help restore this Balboa Park and San Diego cultural treasure!
Save Starlight is a community initiative to renovate, revive and revitalize San Diego's beloved Starlight Bowl. This historic open-air amphitheater is stuck in limbo...
Save Starlight is a community initiative to renovate, revive and revitalize San Diego’s beloved Starlight Bowl. This historic open-air amphitheater is stuck in limbo…
Photo over the surrounding wall shows weeds, garbage and disarray at the venerable old Starlight Bowl. Vagrants and youth sometimes jump the fence and run riot in the stage area.
Photo over the surrounding wall shows weeds, garbage and disarray at the venerable old Starlight Bowl. Vagrants and youth sometimes jump the fence and run riot in the now dark stage area.
The San Diego Civic Light Opera went bankrupt four years ago. The Starlight has been abandoned ever since. Many San Diegans have fond memories of watching outdoor theatrical productions here.
The San Diego Civic Light Opera went bankrupt four years ago. The Starlight has been abandoned ever since. Many San Diegans have fond memories of watching outdoor theatrical productions here.
Looking down at a San Diego landmark that is slowly decaying. If you'd like to help restore the Starlight, please spread the word!
Looking down at a San Diego landmark that is slowly decaying. If you’d like to help restore the Starlight, please, please, please spread the word!

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A new dawn of hope at the International Cottages.

Early morning light upon the House of Scotland, in Balboa Park's harmonious House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
Early morning light upon the House of Scotland, a member of Balboa Park’s harmonious House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.

Every morning in Balboa Park brings beauty. At the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, near the center of the park, the sun rises on the participating member nations in a new dawn of optimism and hope.

The theme of the International Cottages is world peace, harmony and mutual understanding. The cultures of different nations are celebrated, and people welcome each other with smiles and goodwill.

Nine new cottages are being built. Among the nations who will enjoy their own cottage is the House of Korea. On a recent Sunday, they displayed examples of their culture in the Hall of Nations. They’re optimistic funds can be raised to build their cottage, and usher in a new dawn.

Sweeping in front of the small national cottages in the morning, before Balboa Park visitors arrive.
Sweeping in front of the small national cottages in the morning, before many Balboa Park visitors arrive.
The House of Korea is one of nine nations that are building new cottages. On a recent Sunday they exhibited in the Hall of Nations.
The House of Korea is one of nine nations that are building new cottages. On a recent Sunday they exhibited in the Hall of Nations.
The House of Korea displays national pride, and honors Korean war veterans. They seek new members. Anybody can join.
The House of Korea displays national pride. They seek new members. Anybody can join.
A table contains objects and books that celebrate Korean culture.
A table contains objects and books that celebrate Korean culture.
Colorful small versions of Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress.
Colorful small versions of Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress.
Raising the flag at the House of Sweden. Another day of hope, optimism and mutual understanding begins.
Raising the flag at the House of Sweden. Another day of hope, optimism and mutual understanding begins.

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