California has so many different places to visit. One of the places that I grew up in was in Van Nuys. Van Nuys is the largest populated neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California with more than 100,000 habitants. It was founded in 1911 and named after American businessman and resident, Isaac Newton Van Nuys. Isaac Van Nuys owned the entire southern portion of the San Fernando Valley and is considered the honorary godfather of the town. Van Nuys is about 17.3 miles from the main center of Los Angeles. I used to ride with my father on I-5 N to visit my little brother. It brings so many deep memories of my childhood.
One of the most popular buildings in Van Nuys is the Valley Municipal building. It was built in 1932 and designed by architect Peter K. Schaborum. It serves as a miniature version of the Los Angeles City Hall. The municipal building became a Historic Cultural Monument in 1968. I use to see this building every morning on my walk to school.
Regardless of where I am, I always visit my little brother. One my favorite times together we spent together was at the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys for his twenty-first birthday. I am a huge fan of Japanese gardens and I took this moment to bond with my little brother.
The garden is 6 1/2 acre designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana. The tranquil and peaceful garden contains three gardens in one. There is the Zen Meditation Garden known as the Karesansui.
The second garden has the style of Chisen-Kaiyushiki which means “wet garden with promenade” and was built in the 18th & 19th century for Japanese feudal lords. It includes waterfalls and lakes.
The last garden is Shoin building which contains an authentic teahouse and tea garden. My brother and I purchased cookies and tea and we had a discussion about life at the teahouse. We talked about manhood, education, and made up for lost time.
My little brother is very shy but he allowed me to take photos of him in the beautiful garden (that’s rare!). It gets hot so be prepared to take plenty of water. My brother and I found real cool water fountains that is designed in ancient Japanese style.
We watched the fish in the water as we reflected on our dreams and goals. I am proud of my brother and even though I no longer live in California, I revisit to take care of my duties as a big brother.
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