Tuesday, September 17, 2013
portland japanese garden
In all my trips to Portand, I had never visited the Portland Japanese Garden. Paul and I finally rectified that terrible travesty during our time in Portland last week. The garden is one of the most beautiful places I've even been, and I wish I could take weekly trips there just to recapture the calmness and serenity I felt there. I'll just have to settle for visiting every time I go to Portland. Here's some of my favorite photos from our visit.
View of the city of Portland with Mount Hood in the background.
The moss "islands" grow in the shapes of a sake glass and gourd: symbols of enlightenment and happiness.
For some reason this space reminded of a movie by Hayao Miyasaki (the world renowed Japanese animator). I kept expecting to see the little guys from Princess Mononoke appear - the little kodamas or tree spirits. They're so cute in the movie, but maybe a little creepy when you see them out of context? I swear they're adorable! Either way, I think the Japanese Garden accomplished a lot by having a space be so inspiring that you can have an emotional connection to it - or connect it to something else in your life. Well done.