Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Tondabayashi, Japan, have enjoyed an international friendship for many years. In 1959, ministers from Bethlehem and Tondabayashi (which is 18 miles southeast of Osaka) first discussed a partnership between the two cities. The following year, an exchange of gifts began, with Bethlehem sending objects representing its history, industries, and government, and Tondabayashi giving 40 pictures painted by elementary school children. Personal visits followed and, on April 10, 1964, the formal relationship was established.
The garden is located near Bethlehem's library.
'How delightfully the fish are enjoying themselves in the water,' exclaimed Chaungtse.
'You are not a fish,' said his friend. 'How can you know they are enjoying themselves!'
'You are not me,' replied Chuangtse. 'How can you know that I do not know that the fish are enjoying themselves?'