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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Images of summer’s magic in Balboa Park.

Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.

I have the day off from work today. So I took a long walk through Balboa Park.

Summer is a special time in the park. So many happy people and lively, sunlit scenes; so much beauty and unexpected wonder. I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

These bright summer days shimmer with magic.

Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre's summer season!
Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre’s summer season!
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer's day.
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer’s day.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum of Art.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. One piece of historical Balboa Park decorative art now located in the Casa del Prado's Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. Art now located in the Casa del Prado’s Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today--in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today–in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Arches and bougainvillea.
Looking up at arches and bougainvillea.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera quickly around for a quick pic.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera around for a quick pic.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park's serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park’s serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia's exquisite beauty.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia’s exquisite beauty.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.

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A dance of life in beautiful Balboa Park!

An enormous butterfly was seen dancing in the blue sky above Balboa Park today.
An enormous butterfly was seen dancing in the blue sky above Balboa Park today.

It’s Sunday. So late this morning I headed up into Balboa Park!

A meander through Balboa Park is both relaxing and invigorating. So much life all around. There are smiles, carefree laughter and people from all walks of life moving together in a natural unfettered dance. Like one happy whirl in the sunlight. A dance of life in beautiful Balboa Park!

Do you dance? Would you like to learn? You’ll see a sign that contains many opportunities in the coming photos. Click any sign that interests you and the image will enlarge for easier reading!

These super nice guys were strolling about promoting Desire To Fly, which is playing at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre through Sunday, June 25.
These super nice guys were strolling about promoting Desire To Fly, which is playing at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre through Sunday, June 25.
Poster for Desire To Fly, by Animal Cracker Conspiracy. It's a puppet spectacular in Balboa Park! (Click image to enlarge.)
Poster for Desire To Fly, by Animal Cracker Conspiracy. It’s a puppet spectacular in Balboa Park! (Click image to enlarge.)
Fancy footwork by some guys on the grass sparring with long poles.
Fancy footwork by some guys on the grass sparring with long poles.
An umbrella dances through a tunnel of green at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A white umbrella proceeds through a tunnel of green at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Two people walk along.
Two people step along.
A folk dancer enters the Balboa Park Club.
A folk dancer enters the Balboa Park Club.
If you are in San Diego and love dancing, or would like to learn to dance, then check out these notices by the Balboa Park Recital Hall. (Click image to enlarge.)
If you are in San Diego and love dancing, or would like to learn to dance, then check out these notices by the front door of the Balboa Park Recital Hall. (Click image to enlarge.)
An amazing athletic performance was witnessed today in the Plaza de Panama.
An amazing athletic performance was witnessed today in the Plaza de Panama.
The super charismatic, super positive, super talented dancer Kareem "Anointed" Ali does a flip over four people!
The super charismatic, super positive, super talented Kareem “Anointed” Ali does a flip over four people! You might have seen him on television. He performed spectacularly on So You Think You Can Dance!
Metal arms in the San Diego Museum of Art's outdoor sculpture garden dance in sunlight.
Metal arms in the San Diego Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden dance in sunlight.
Grain dances in this beautiful glass artwork inside the House of Germany at the International Cottages.
Grain dances in this beautiful glass artwork inside the House of Germany at the International Cottages.
Singers from the House of Germany in a life-filled lawn program in Balboa Park.
Singers from the House of Germany are part of a life-filled lawn program in Balboa Park.
Sign shows 2017 International Cottages lawn programs and special events. (Click image to enlarge.)
Sign shows 2017 International Cottages lawn programs and special events. (Click image to enlarge.)
Hearts dance in Balboa Park.
Hearts dance in Balboa Park.

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Philippine folk dancing in Balboa Park!

Today I walked around Balboa Park. The House of the Philippines was having a lawn program at the International Cottages, so I paused for a bit to watch Philippine folk dancing.

The performers, I believe, were all from the Samahan Philippine Dance Company. They have two dance and music schools in San Diego. During the lawn program, youth and adult groups wearing colorful dress performed a variety of traditional folk dances.

I didn’t write the name of each dance down. Many contained gentle humor. Every dance and dancer radiated life. I’ll simply present some photos:

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A park full of movement one Saturday morning.

San Diegans play a game of soccer on Balboa Park's grassy West Mesa.
San Diegans play a game of soccer on Balboa Park’s grassy West Mesa.

Balboa Park is alive with nonstop human movement. There is so much to do, so much to see.

Enjoy a few photos from my stroll through the beautiful park this morning.

Competitors at the Balboa Park Horseshoe Club enjoy a relaxing Saturday.
Competitors at the Balboa Park Horseshoe Club enjoy a relaxing Saturday.
Hoping for a ringer!
Hoping for a ringer!
Having some fun in sunny Balboa Park.
Having some fun in sunny Balboa Park.
Guarding a small soccer goal. People enjoy recreating in Balboa Park on a Saturday morning.
Guarding a small soccer goal. People enjoy recreating in Balboa Park on a Saturday morning.
A group practices martial arts near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street.
A group practices martial arts near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street.
Learning the moves.
Learning the moves.
More athletic feats by members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, on the green near the Cabrillo Bridge.
More athletic feats by members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, competing on the green near the Cabrillo Bridge.
Taking careful aim.
Taking careful aim.
Folks hurry along El Prado wearing hiking boots and carrying walking sticks.
Folks amble along El Prado wearing hiking boots. Some use walking sticks.
Tourists on Segways pause for a moment in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden. The California Tower rises into the blue sky.
Tourists on Segways pause for a moment in Balboa Park’s Alcazar Garden. The California Tower rises into the blue sky.
Dog owners walk their Papillon's near the Mingei Museum.
Dog owners walk their Papillon’s near the Mingei Museum.
An excellent day for a two-legged or four-legged stroll!
An excellent day for a two-legged or four-legged stroll!

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Beautiful cherry blossoms at Japanese Friendship Garden.

The cherry blossoms are opening in bunches at the Japanese Friendship Garden in early March.
The cherry blossoms are opening in bunches at the Japanese Friendship Garden in early March.

The Japanese cherry trees in Balboa Park are beginning to really blossom!

This morning I walked through the canyon at the Japanese Friendship Garden and took in the indescribable, almost heavenly beauty. Then I sat down near the Inamori Pavilion, in the perfect mood to reflect and write.

Beauty springs forth like a miracle.
Beauty springs forth like a miracle.
Pink blooms in blue San Diego sky.
Pink blooms in blue San Diego sky.
A small bird enjoys the newly opened cherry blossoms.
A small bird high on one branch enjoys the newly opened cherry blossoms.
People look up in wonder at a magical Japanese cherry tree.
People look up in wonder at a magical Japanese cherry tree.
The grove of Japanese cherry trees in the canyon is starting to put on a great show.
The grove of Japanese cherry trees in the canyon is starting to put on a great show.

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What did I write?

A philosophical short story titled The Child and the Koi.

A fun Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park!

A speaker at the festival talks about his experiences aboard the Sakman Chamorro, an outrigger canoe once based in San Diego, but now in Guam.
A speaker at the festival talks about his experiences aboard the Sakman Chamorro, an outrigger canoe once based in San Diego, but now in Guam.

I enjoyed my walk today through the First Annual Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park. The event was sponsored by the House of Chamorros, member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Those who spent the day had much to experience, including Chamorro food, music, dance, crafts and cultural demonstrations.

I personally enjoyed listening to a talk about the outrigger canoe Sakman Chamorro and its crew of misfits. This traditional Chamorro canoe, built from a northern California redwood tree, used to be based in San Diego’s South Bay, but is now in Guam. I remember seeing the vessel docked by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and also at the 2015 Pacific Islander Festival in Mission Bay, which I blogged about here.

It appeared to me that everyone at today’s event was having a lot of fun! Hopefully this is the first of many Chamorro festivals in Balboa Park!

Many families gathered for the Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park. Chamorro culture was celebrated on the lawn among the International Cottages.
Many families gathered for the Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park. Chamorro culture was celebrated on the lawn among the International Cottages.
Food served up at the festival included red rice and barbeque chicken.
Food served up at the festival included red rice and barbeque chicken.
Traditional woven baskets, beautiful seashells, and other aspects of life in the Mariana Islands are displayed.
Traditional woven baskets, beautiful seashells, and other aspects of life in the Mariana Islands are displayed.
A detailed model of an ancient village A-frame hut. Archaeological records and historical accounts show Chamorros inhabited the Micronesia and Mariana Islands since 2000 B.C.
A detailed model of an ancient village A-frame hut. Archaeological records and historical accounts show Chamorros inhabited the Micronesia and Mariana Islands since 2000 B.C.
A fun, humorous demonstration of how to crack open a coconut.
A fun, humorous demonstration of how to crack open a coconut.
The flag of Guam flies at the Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park!
The flag of Guam flies proudly at the Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park!

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