Monday, July 05, 2010

Japanese Village and Deer Park, October 1969 - Part Dos

Here are some more xlnt photos from Buena Park's Japanese Village! See part one here.

I'm a bit unsure of where this would have been... in the last post we can see what the place looked like from the street, and yet here is another sign in case you suddenly wondered, "Where the hell am I again?". Maybe you can grab a snack from that cart; one of the few memories that I have of this park is of the strange "rice candies" that we tried here. They were double-yucky.

I hope Red isn't contemplating jumping. She probably realizes that it's only a two-foot drop into one-foot deep water, and that she would ruin those pants that she bought at Zody's. Dry-clean only, Red; dry-clean only.

There's nothing like a beautiful koi pond for peaceful contemplation. The fish knew that people=food... those machines dispensed mysterious and magical pellets that were like drugs to koi. It drove them koo-koo bananas! I tried them. They were better than those rice candies. I recall a demonstration that involved a man offering a cigarette to a fish, who appeared to actually smoke it - there were puffs of smoke coming out of it's mouth. I kid you not! Shortly thereafter I took up smoking at the age of 9 in a vain attempt to look as cool as that fish.

Red loves animals, particularly the playful sea lions. Many people think that sea lions are mammals, but they are actually a form of kelp.

Stay tuned for more Japanese Village photos. Sayōnara!


TokyoMagic! said...

Yay, more Japanese Village pics! Arigato gozaimasu! (That means "Thank you very much!")

That sign was the main sign that was out on the perimeter of the park, over by the 5 towered over everything. I think it rotated too. I do have home movie footage of that sign (shot by my dad) and I'm going to go check it out right now!

Were those rice candies the ones with the outer "paper" that disolved in your mouth?

Major Pepperidge said...

Yes Chris, those were the candies!

Thanks for the info about the sign...

Katella Gate said...

Even if Red does ruin her pants, it's ok. They've been discontinued, and are on heavy mark down across the street from Zody's at the Akron.

Alas, the only Japanese I know I picked up from watching Family Guy. Which means it's probably perverted, so I will keep it to myself.

Actually, of all the closed attractions around Southern California, I'm the most sorry this one is gone because it was the most different.

Major Pepperidge said...

Katella, luckily for Red there is a Zachary All next to the Akron, so her husband can buy a suit from Eddie while she gets her new pants.

TokyoMagic! said...

Yes Major, but is her husband a portly short or a portly tall?

Hey Katella, it took me a minute to realize it....there really was a Zody's just down the street (from Knott's actually) and The Akron was across from it! Too funny! And The Treasury was just up the street (now a Target.)

Chuck said...

These are priceless. I think our society is poorer for its abandonment of low-tech, low-thrill attractions such as these. I blame it all on air-conditioned cars, dropping off the gold standard, and the removal of pigs in a blanket from the Denny's menu.

Thnaks for sharing!

Major Pepperidge said...

Chuck, don't you think the real problem is hippies? It's so obvious...

Nancy said...

you guys always make me smile!

such a pretty place, reminds of how Central Park is a respite from the business of NYC....i would have loved to visit it

oh, and i often find myself wondering "where the hell am I again?"