My neighbor‘s pond
(Information from japan-guide.com) Ohori Park (大濠公園, Ōhori-kōen) is a pleasant city park in central Fukuoka with a large pond at its center. There is a walking path around the circumference of the pond that is just a little over 2 km long and is popular for jogging, walking pets, and leisurely strolls by the water. Ohori is Japanese for moat, and the pond once served as part of the moat system of the neighboring Fukuoka Castle. The park was constructed between 1926 and 1929, and designed after the classical garden style of West Lake in China. There are three islands in the middle of the pond that are connected to the mainland and each other by elegant stone bridges.
Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell (1988) by Barry Flanagan, UK (1941-2009)
(Information from Fukuoka Art Museum) Flanagan began working as a sculptor in the 1960s and is known for his works made up of bags stuffed with sand or plaster. In the 1980s, he began to create representational sculpture of animals. His most common motif is the hare. Flanagan poses his hares as if they were people, sometimes in stretched leg sinuous jump, or dancing, or gazing into a telescope. Here the thin form of the crescent moon and the weighty feel of the round bell make a contrasting pair for the hare to jump over, and indeed, they may symbolize the human spirit overcoming time and gender.
The Gokoku Shrine is located across the street about 150 m southeast. The path to the shrine leads under a massive torii gate and the main shrine building is a unique gold structure situated in front of a spacious yard.