How are you adjusting to Daylight Saving? I think I’m just about done getting used to the fact that we lost a precious hour of sleep. But I do love how sunny it is when I head home from work. It feels like I’m back in elementary school and I’ve fooled our nurse into thinking I was sick and got excused from school.
So how does one spend these precious hours of extra sunlight wisely? Well, many ways. But if I were back in Portland, I’d probably head out to the Japanese Garden.
Visiting the Japanese Garden during our Portland trip was a happy coincidence. Otto and I originally planned to go to a waterfall but heavy rain fall the night before caused a landslide which blocked the road. We took this as a sign from the above and decided to head to the Japanese Garden. And I’m so glad we did.
Portland’s Japanese Garden is proclaimed to be the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. I’m definitely not surprised as it was so much more impressive than the one here in San Francisco. They say upon entering the garden, one should feel a sense of “peace, harmony and tranquility.” And the garden definitely fulfills those senses. Wandering through the garden was more relaxing and detoxifying than an hour long massage or a week long juice cleanse.
The garden is composed of five gardens: flat, strolling pond, tea, natural and sand and stone. My favorite was the Flat Garden which was right in front of the Pavilion. I am a little biased as I enjoy seeing traditional Asian architecture as it reminds me of the homes I visited when I lived in Korea. The clean and simple lines of the Pavilion was in perfect harmony to the peaceful serenity of the garden.
I also heard the view from the top of the garden is supposed to be captivating. We weren’t able to enjoy it due to the rain clouds, which is one of the reasons why I’d love to head back on a sunny day.
If you are in Portland and need to seek some peace and quiet, I definitely recommend a trip out to the Japanese Garden.
What are some of your secret spots to escape to where you live? Any favorite spots in San Francisco?
(Photos all by joody + otto)