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An Interesting Honor
last modified: Friday, April 03, 2009 (9:39:41 PM)
Well as I posted a while ago Maria & I just celebrated our 30th Wedding Aniversary.
We had originally had planned to spend that time on a trip to Japan. Unfortunantly life intervened and my having to change jobs ahead of the car dealership I had worked at for the last 6 years closed folding back into the main location but resulting in a 40% layoff and those who survived all got pay cuts. So I got out before the glut hit the market.
I do have a good job but lost all vacation time so we had to cancel our trip.

Anyway being the "romantic" Goofball that I am , I decided to take Maria to a "piece" of Japan here in California in the form of a Japanese Garden that 99% of those who live in Los Angeles even know exists.
I myself must have driven past it at least 100 times over the years never giving it a second thought till now.

We were surprized to find out that it ranks in the top ten of the 200 such Japanese Gardens located in the USA. http://www.thejapanesegarden.com

In talking to our guide I found out that the Garden was going to celebrate their 25th anniversary at the end of this month and planned to have a large event there with the highlight being a Kimono show. During talking I mentioned that we collect anime Cels from Japan and mentioned our RS gallery. Next thing I know I'm contacted by the person in charge of the anniversay celebration who wants more info of our gallery and long story short after viewing my RS gallery I was asked to come and display some of our collection and give a 30 minute talks on the history of Anime , the animation process and our collection.

This will be the 1st ever time they have had such a talk there so I must say is that it is quite an honor to represent our community and hobby.
re: An Interesting HonorFriday, April 03, 2009 - 11:07:30 PM

aww, that''s such a sweet and thoughtful anniversary dift.

now that is a very nice honor.

re: An Interesting HonorSaturday, April 04, 2009 - 12:49:33 AM

Oh wow! Please post and tell us how it goes, okay?

re: An Interesting HonorSaturday, April 04, 2009 - 6:57:32 AM

Momiji (my Japanese maple that is just now breaking bud here in Cephiro) and I both send congratulations. Hopefully more of us will find ourselves reaching out and being reached out to about this wonderful art form.

re: An Interesting HonorSaturday, April 04, 2009 - 9:16:05 AM

WOW! oh i so wish i could go! that sounds so incredible!!! please take lots of pictures so we can see abit of what went on! please? :D

re: An Interesting HonorSaturday, April 04, 2009 - 11:44:31 AM

Congrats, Joe! I might just have to follow your footsteps in terms of the goofball aspect. I''m surprised I''d never heard of this garden when I was researching my koi pond at my old house. Will definitely have to scout it out before our anniversary comes around.

AWESOME!!!Saturday, April 04, 2009 - 5:53:39 PM

There''s a Japanese garden I like to take a couple dolls to for a meet up, about twice a year:
It''s huge, and wonderfully well laid out, with drummers that fill the air with their music. ^_^

Hey, if you can''t go to Japan, the Japanese gardens can be just as romantic!

But wow! What a GREAT honor! I hope they call you back again next year too! ^___^