Saturday, December 17, 2016
I am happy to be able to share some new scans featuring the "Japanese Village and Deer Park", which was located right near Knott's Berry Farm, Movieland Wax Museum, and the Alligator Farm (not to mention a few miles from Disneyland). See some info in previous posts HERE and HERE.
This was a place where visitors could see some animal shows (dolphins, seals, trained bears), Japanese dancers, visit peaceful gardens with koi and doves and deer (of course), and so much more!
This first photo shows one of the karate demonstrations. Hi-YA! There's punchin', kickin', flippin', and smashin'. Fun for the whole family, really. There was a suggestion box, and each year I tried to get them to include flame throwers, but some ideas are just too good, so it never happened. Notice the "Nabisco" sign just above the rooftops - a familiar sight to folks driving through Buena Park.
A trainer (?) sits near a dolphin pool to have a chat about... well, whatever it is dolphins like to talk about. Advanced mathematics, for instance. Painters of the Northern Renaissance. The latest in architectural trends. Let's face it, those dolphins are smart.
Here's a scene from the trained bear show. There's a furry fella up on that swing - my tiny brain almost remembers seeing this very trick being performed. It's been a while, folks. Apparently, bears have no fear of heights. But they love pic-a-nic baskets. Notice the hoop, probably set aflame, for some critter to leap through.
And finally, here's a lovely lady in a traditional polyester kimono, carrying a big chrysanthemum thingy. It's probably a purse full of Screaming Yellow Zonkers. What else could it possibly be?
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Japanese Village and Deer Park!