Portland Japanese Garden
I had never been to the Japanese Garden in Portland. I’ve been here just about three years. A professor of mine had made the garden seem like the best place to go in Portland. But, it always intimidated me–the thought of going–because of the entrance fee ($9.50 for adults), and because of their seemingly strict photo policy. And because I hadn’t heard anyone else talking about the garden, I didn’t consider going.
I have been taking on personal challenges lately: going to new stores, visiting new places, trying new activities. Upon reflection, I quickly latched onto the idea of going to the Japanese Garden. It particularly interested me because I’ve been studying Japanese (language) again. (TextFugu rox!!!)
Well, let me tell you this: I love the Japanese Garden. I thought it was going to be stuffy and uncomfortable, and maybe crowded. But, no. I went on a Thursday in November at around 11:30 AM, with a slight drizzle. There were other people, but not many at all! No one asked if I had a camera, and I didn’t have to sign a waiver, like the site mentions. Awesome. It’s good when I feel like a place trusts me.
Overall, it seemed well-maintained, but not to the point of seeming blatantly unnatural. The feel was great. And the best part was that I could bike ride from home–albeit, up a few hundred feet, and across a few miles. The path up to the garden was fantastic in itself (no pictures, sorry). And it’s right near the Rose Garden (where I parked my bike), so I got a peek of that one, too.
Well, now that I’ve explained myself and properly admitted that I should have visited the Japanese Garden sooner, that I had inappropriate fears about it, I will reward you with some delightful photos. I really enjoyed spending two hours taking pictures of everything beautiful in this garden. Not only is this one of the best places to go in Portland for its beauty, but for the significance of it. It was created to try to patch up relationships with Japan following World War II and Japanese internment in the United States. Commemorating the best ideas from Japan through physical transformation of a landscape. I see it as a success.
I passed by some employees (or maybe volunteers?) near here, who were very friendly! Another plus.
Okay. The above device requires (1.) explanation and (2.) praise. The right-hand stick fills with water from the left-hand stick. Being on a pivot, once full, the right-hand stick tips toward the pool and dumps its contents. Finally, it swings back upward, making the most pleasing clonking sound when it hits the rock underneath. I have a quick video, I’m wondering how to attach it into the post? Hmph, I don’t know.
Have a relaxing day.