Southern California 7 – Japanese Gardens, Balboa Park


This post is the last—thank you for your patience! :-) —in a series about a recent trip to Southern California. To “Like” the entire series, click here.

In the center of downtown San Diego is Balboa Park, a cultural park of green spaces, museums (seventeen in total!), performance venues, gardens and walks. We only had time to take in two spots, the Japanese Garden (from which most of these photos come) and the Air and Space Museum (a fantastic place where my brother-in-law and I had a great time, but I have no photos of it). The last few photos (starting with the statue of the Native American lady pouring water from a vase) are from the central plaza complex of the park.

As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does all the heavy lifting in selecting the photos. And thank you sincerely for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I would also like to invite you to visit my Book of Pain  poetry blog.
















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19 thoughts on “Southern California 7 – Japanese Gardens, Balboa Park

  1. Wonderful photographs…really captures part of what makes the place special. Balboa Park was a real positives of growing up as a young kid in San Diego back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Of course the biggest attraction for kids that age was the world-renown San Diego Zoo.

  2. I just love Japanese garden. Love the atmosphere and the serenity of the place. I like to read about how they place things.. that every object has a signification. It’s great ! And visually, I just love the colours. There was great Japanese Garden in San Francisco.

    • I agree absolutely! No other culture I know of has put as much thought into the philosophy and role of a garden (especially when confined to a small space) in calming and healing the human psyche.

      One of the pictures is a water spout that empties into a bamboo tube. What you don’t see is that eventually that bamboo tube fills to the point where it overbalances itself and then it gracefully bows to the ground and pours out its contents gently on the plants below. It is a wonderful study on humility and strength in service. 🙂

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