26th Annual Spring Haiku in the Park
Poetry, culture and nature were celebrated during the 26th Annual Spring Haiku in the Park at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park on May 12. Through a collaboration of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Kelley Park Rangers, Yuki Teiki Haiku Society and Poetry San Jose, 32 guests from all over California experienced haikus and related forms of Japanese-inspired poetry which included the grand-prize winner, “From Branch to Branch.” Guests participated in a walking tour of the Garden, and listened to a presentation on the World War II internment camps provided by the San Jose Japanese-American Museum. For the past 60 years — inspired by the Korakuen Garden in San José’s sister city, Okayama, Japan — the Japanese Friendship Garden has stood as a strong symbol of San José’s appreciation for culture and diversity. For more information, please contact Justin Long, PRNS Deputy Director, at (408) 793-5579.