Baby koi at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San José need protection



Something fishy is going on at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park in San Jose. Namely, it is not easy to be a baby koi in the beautiful surroundings these days.

The garden has several koi ponds, but the massive Coyote Creek flooding that devastated the park in 2017 resulted in all of the koi being kept in one large pond while the rest are restored and a new system filter is installed. This has not been the ideal situation for young koi carp, who now have less room to hide and have been captured like goldfish crackers by predatory birds over the years.

San Jose Parks Foundation executive director James Reber said the solution could be to install an isolation tank, where young fish can be protected until they are bigger and no longer a target. The foundation established a fund to cover the costs of the baby koi aquarium, as well as other expenses, including the maintenance of portable filtration systems purchased by the foundation, assistance with the regular maintenance of the pond and cover the cost of koi feed. If you are interested in helping, there is a donation link at www.sanjoseparks.org.

Reber added that Maya Esparza, a member of the San Jose City Council, whose district includes Kelley Park, helped fund the restoration of the garden from her office budget – and even had a staff member create a graphic. “Baby Koi” with a cartoon fish wearing a diaper. It’s not Baby Yoda, but it’s pretty cute.

CREATIVE GUIDES: There is no shortage of artists in San José, a fact confirmed by the new group of creative ambassadors recruited by the city’s cultural affairs office, who will serve a one-year term starting January 1.

The six people, who are responsible for inspiring residents to find their own creative voice, are Stephanie Bajaras, a Mexican actress and photographer who recently joined the Art Builds Community team, an art planning and consulting firm. female-led audience; digital media artist Ricardo Cortez, who creates a digital archive of lowrider print material; Dana Harris Seegar, an engraver and teaching artist who co-founded the School of Visual Philosophy; Eric Hayslett, a multi-instrumentalist musician and music teacher who has created after-school workshops for Bay Area school districts; Amy Hibbs, a visual artist and environmentalist who recently benefited from an etching residency at the Palo Alto Art Center; and Brandon Luu, a San José-born poet who views poetry as a way to bring people together, regardless of the age of the class.

Each of them will work on a creative expression project during the year that looks at their artistic interest.

TRIBUTE TO A HERO OF THE NAVY: Adolfo Celaya, who enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945, died on November 25 at the age of 94 in his hometown of Florence, Arizona . Celaya, known as “Harpo”, was a longtime resident of San José, where he moved in 1966.

In San José, he started a heating and air conditioning business and was also a founding member of the Spirit of ’45 committee, which started a national movement to celebrate the greater generation and the end of World War II.

The Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within minutes with hundreds of sailors left in shark infested waters for five days. Celaya, one of the few remaining survivors, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year and had a post office in Florence dedicated in her honor. His funeral took place on December 17 in Arizona.

NEW FACE IN THE YEAR OF THE CITY: It doesn’t look like the new City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley executive director has any problems playing as a team, as it’s something Kevin Bradshaw is very familiar with. Bradshaw played basketball in college, followed by an 11-year professional career in Israel that morphed into a coaching position after his playing days ended. He set a few records along the way, once scoring 101 points in a pro game and 72 points in an NCAA game.

Most recently, Bradshaw was Executive Director of Bridge Academy International School in San Diego, and City Year Board Chairman Charlie Pappis said: City of the Year for San José / Silicon Valley.

CURFEW: Fearing a potential spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant, History San Jose has decided to cancel the last weekend of its Heritage Holiday Light Show at History Park, which was scheduled to take place on January 1-2. This means that this Sunday December 26 is the last chance to attend this delicious event. Admission is $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children, and you can check out the schedule at www.historysanjose.org.


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