Friends of Shoseian (Whispering Pine Teahouse) is a small group that supports and maintains the Japanese Teahouse in Brand Park. It has been in Brand Park since its arrival, in 1974, from Higashi-Osaka, Japan, a sister city of Glendale.
Recently, the Friends of Shoseian Teahouse and Friendship Garden were troubled by the article in your paper describing a group, headed by a rabbi, who went to celebrate the holiday of Rosh Hashana at the teahouse by feeding bread to the koi in the pond adjacent to the teahouse (“Casting off the year past,” Sept. 14).
Celebrating different religions, with certain activities at Shoseian Teahouse, is to be commended. However, feeding anything to the koi in the pond is a big no-no. Would you go to the zoo and give human food to the animals? Absolutely not! Bread, yeast, etc., can hurt and even kill the fish. In addition, it also upsets the ecosystem in the pond.