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by Bob Kerstetter
Hakusan Park in Niigata City surprised us with its softly structured beauty.
It opened in 1873 as the first public park in Japan.
During the work week the park fills with hundreds of people taking their lunch breaks.
The tree in the center glows fully with sakura—the famous cherry blossoms of Japan.
Niigata City sits on the west coast of eastern Japan facing the Koreas and Russia across the Sea of Japan.