We went to the Japanese Friendship Garden on request of my 14 year old that is the botanical and all things Japanese enthusiast. The garden was quiet, serene, peaceful and very beautiful. As we made our way through the walk way several things caught our attention...
first, one of the caregivers of the garden...he wasn't hacking away at the tree like i do in my yard, but cautiously and purposely nipping at the tree...almost gently...if such a word would be appropriate. We stopped and watched him work, and noticed him smiling as he worked away. Then, on the (i think it was plum) plum tree, there was this beautiful perfect spider web, in a circle with the spider sitting gracefully in the middle. There's no way that this was unseen by caregivers, and we appreciated the beauty in the spiders crafting :).
Next, the Koi, they were stunning! Huge beautiful fish that seemed to come up and greet us individually and such a variety of colors!
The bonsai garden was incredible! There were little statues, and then the fountain/statue of light from the sister Yokohama city...Gorgeous!!! You had to pay attention to detail as there were little things of beauty everywhere. The gardnener that we'd been watching said "make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of the canyon" (and if you weren't told about it, you might miss it) walk through the gates and take the winding trail...or the stairs to begin the decent...Gorgeous flowers....beautiful waterfall...stone pathways and butterflies...OH THE BUTTERFLIES!!! I think we have a butterfly in every photo we took!
The waterfall (with water, not the dry artistic one) was romantic...we paused, took photos and stole a private couple moment while the kids marveled at the butterlies...then we walked around and began the climb (it's an easy walk.) We will look forward to coming again (and the herb/tea garden too!) Next time we will plan for a longer stay and see if we cannot learn more of the keeping of the garden.
Thank you for the labor of love (and sharing it with us!)
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