By Zareef Muzammil
SHAH ALAM, March 13 — The Selangor-Japan Friendship Garden next to Dataran Kemerdekaan, here, has opened its doors to the public from yesterday.
Shah Alam Mayor Datuk Haris Kasim said the park measuring 2.428 hectares, which costs RM3.8 million, had started development in 2018 and was completed last year.
“Its development is a mark of appreciation towards our Japanese counterpart who continues to stay true to Selangor as its choice destination for investment (in Malaysia).
“The opening of the park was slightly delayed following the enforced movement control order (MCO),” he said during the park’s opening ceremony at Taman Tasik Shah Alam yesterday.
Also present were Selangor Malay Customs and Heritage Corporation (Padat) chief executive officer Datin Siti Khadijah Abd Aziz and third secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia Iwa Iwari.
Haris characterised the park as a medium to reflect the sociocultural similarities between the Selangor and Japanese societies that are rich with courtesy and eastern values.
He said both stakeholders also have the opportunity to exchange experience regarding each other’s lifestyle, cultural practices and diet.
The friendship park carries the features of Japanese architecture within its compounds including the Zen Garden, Maze Pond, Torii Gateway, Tsukubai (purification washbasin in Japanese culture), reflexology garden and the terraced lawn.
Showcasing unique features surrounded by bamboo-concept security fences, the park is open everyday from 10am to 7pm, and is free of charge.