Thursday, October 18, 2012
Back in the 70's, you could fly to Japan; OR you could just go to Buena Park's Japanese Village and Deer Park. Conveniently located just a few miles from Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm! I was lucky enough to go there a few times, and always enjoyed its beauty and exotic ambiance.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think that this building was a gift shop, even though it looks pretty grand for a place hawking souvenirs. I remember buying an oyster in a can, guaranteed to contain a pearl when the oyster shell was pried open. I also remember the smell when I opened the can. Phew! Somebody shoulda warned me.
There's just something peaceful and relaxing about koi fish, swimming gracefully in all their variety of colors and patterns. These must have been the world's happiest koi, since visitors were constantly tossing handfuls of mysterious pellets into the water.