Back in Portland, the day after I visited the Chinese Garden, Stacey took me to the Japanese Garden.
Where is the post about that visit ? I was sure I'd told you all about it.
Unlike the Chinese Garden, which covers only a city-block in downtown Portland, the Japanese Garden is much larger, and is located in the lush countryside.
|The main entrance.|
The Flat Garden is formed from raked sand.
The Natural Garden, which contains ponds, waterfalls, streams and small bridges looks ancient and not man-made.
Strategically placed benches, encourage the visitor to sit a while.
Walk slowly here. To rush, just doesn't feel right.
The Sand and Stone Garden features the simplicity of weathered stones, rising from a bed of "sand" (white gravel) raked to suggest the sea. This garden style is typically found in Zen monasteries.
The Poetry Stone reads:
"Here, miles from Japan, I stand as if warmed by the
spring sunshine of home."
Now you can see why I had to rectify my omission.
How could I have forgotten to share this marvellous place with you ?