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I’m productively procrastinating on a post about Ôoku, so in the meantime, you get more photos!

My partner and I went to Oregon last week and while we were there we visited the Portland Japanese Garden, which just reopened to the public on March 1, 2016. We may have missed the cherry blossoms and came too early for roses in the Portland Rose Garden, but it was a lovely spring day and there were plenty of azaleas blooming.

We even had a great view of Mt. Hood:

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Image: view of snow-covered Mt. Hood from Washington Park, Portland

 

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Back in March I went to Vancouver with my datemate right when the cherry blossoms were at full bloom.

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Mountains with cherry blossoms over Beaver Lake

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More photos from my trip to Senganen, a lovely garden and estate in Kagoshima City. (Part 1 here.)

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In October, I had a chance to return to Japan, and I visited Kagoshima City in Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu.

The garden of Senganen on the grounds of the Shimadzu estate is a lovely place for a stroll–very “country samurai.”

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Here’s a quick photo from last year’s Japanese garden shoot.

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I may have missed the UW campus cherry blossoms, but I had a chance last month to see the cherry blossoms in Vancouver, BC, and they were gorgeous. These, of course, are not the only places in the city to see them, but Granville Island, Devonian Harbor Park, and Stanley Park were all easily accessible from the place I was staying downtown.

In Ishikawa, we used to say that the overcast weather actually made the flowers seem more vivid. I certainly treasured them more after the constant snow and wintry mix, when the landscape was no longer a white-out and the first colors (other than the camellias) emerged.*

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Let’s all take a mental health break and look at some camellias.

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Dear readers, my apologies: November has been a lousy month for writing. A lot of personal issues are eating up all my time, and I hope to get to some of that backlog of posting in December. That said, I headed out for my annual momiji-gari (紅葉狩り, “fall foliage hunting”) at the Seattle Japanese Garden on Nov. 9 (2013 post here). Getting “out” into nature, even just to the Arboretum and the Japanese Garden, is something I didn’t get to do often enough last year. But a new year is coming, and I am resolving to make nature part of my self-care regime again, like it was in the first few years in Japan.

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Part 1.

The Kubota Garden is a lovely wild-ish garden built by landscaper Fujitaro Kubota (see part 1 for more information).

Tiny ginko

Tiny ginko


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While the Seattle Japanese Garden is a gorgeous example of a manicured Japanese garden, Kubota Garden, located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, takes a different view of nature: it’s sprawling and almost wild.

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