Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Balboa Park, located east of downtown San Diego in California, opened as a place of recreation and relaxation after the Panama-California Exposition held in 1915. It is one of the largest parks in the United States with art and history museums, and the San Diego Zoo, among other facilities, located within its vast property. The Japanese Friendship Garden, also known as "San-Kei-En" meaning "three scene gardens", was established in one section of the park. A hundred thousand people have visited the garden annually since its opening in 1990. The garden is currently under expansion, and phase 1, which includes the Inamori Pavilion, was completed in 2015, the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park's establishment. The Kyocera Group and Inamori made donations during the early stages of the expansion, hoping to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture among the people of San Diego, as well show appreciation for their support.