The Japanese Friendship Garden is proud to present a selection of items from the collection of beloved and long-time volunteer, Jack Chapman, also known as Koi Jack, who was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan in the 1980s. Around the Garden, Koi Jack is known for the work he does to maintain the beautiful koi pond, he is one of several volunteers from the Koi Club of San Diego who performs weekly maintenance, selection of quality show fish from Japan, and gives them medical treatment and care. Beyond his interests in koi, however, Jack Chapman is an endlessly fascinating person. He was in the United States Navy for 42 years and is now a retired Navy Captain Medical Service Corp Officer, but he also has practiced the art of ikebana (earning a certificate from the Kofu School in Japan), was a member of a Yokosuka Sake Tasting Club, has learned how to sew an obi into a traditional Japanese tea chest, and has even climbed to the top of Mount Fuji! Come and experience his journey in Japan with us as we display some of his most precious Japanese mementos, artwork, and relics.
Yokosuka Naval Base located in Kanagawa Prefecture in the southern Kantō region.