When I visited the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose, California it was the first time I had ever visited a Japanese Garden. My walk in the park showed me greenery, rock sculpture, bridges and ponds that made up the landscaping. I was so impressed by the over all effect.
To me, the Japanese Friendship Garden seemed to be a very prim and proper park. Here are a few pictures from the Japanese Garden in San Jose.
(Added later) Some years later, I would visit the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California and learn that the garden in SF had some semblance with the park I had visited in San Jose. Then I learned that the gardens have some things in common and that all Japanese Gardens had some features that gave it its character and that the main feature symbolized different things.
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