The Japanese Friendship Garden is a welcome and refreshing space in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It was the koi that caught my attention though. Koi always fascinate and disturb me. Their amazing color and flash are mesmerizing to watch but I can never quite get away from the feeling that if they grew large enough I would be on their menu. These pamper fish are so often fed, the gift shop sells feed, that anyone approaching the water is treated to frenzied kaleidoscope of color and movement.