Day 3: Monday, April 25, 2016

Last year I missed the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park because I’d gotten there too late in the day, and on a Sunday to boot. The line to get in snaked out the entrance. This time I waited till a weekday, and went early.

Stopped by the Lily Pond on the way in:

More like the Algae Pond.

More like the Algae Pond.

Even the outside of the Japanese garden is lovely:

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Once inside, the first thing you see is this gorgeous pond fronting a little cafe. Local artists and tourists alike lined the open counter facing the pond.

japanese garden-reflecting pond-cafe

japanese garden-cafe

Feeling a bit parched after the walk there, I went in and ordered an iced matcha green tea and a bowl of miso soup.

Ah. Just what the doctor ordered.

Ah. Just what the doctor ordered.

My view from the cafe:

I would come here every day if I could.

I would come here literally every day if I could.

Then I just wandered about in amazement, taking over a hundred pictures. Everything was just so beautiful. Bear with me, I’ll try and portion this out. When you go through this gate…

japanese garden-gate

…You’ll be overlooking this lovely koi pond, the first of several:

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A pathway winds down and away…

So peaceful.

So peaceful.

…Past this little waterfall. A tiny bird was fluttering around in there, taking sips of water.

japanese garden-bamboo waterfall

The pathway leads to a Zen garden…

japanese garden-zen garden

…With a little water basin…

japanese garden-zen garden-tiny pool

…And combed gravel and artfully-placed rocks.

japanese garden-zen garden1

japanese garden-zen garden2

Lots of elaborate temples:

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And lots of stone lanterns:

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A service gate.

A service gate.

A stone bathtub.

A stone bathtub.

A large bronze Buddha.

A large bronze Buddha.

What a lovely shady place to hang out in the summer.

What a lovely shady place to hang out in the summer.

A moss bed.

A moss bed.

Lots of stone walkways over water features:

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The koi were so beautiful and charming. There are signs explicitly saying not to feed anything, but they come up to people like they’re used to being hand-fed. Maybe they just like being admired and having their pictures taken. These big guys must be decades old.

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An ornamental bridge:

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This reflecting pond was the largest. Lots of sketch artists there that day.

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Loved these crane statues in the pond:

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Stopped in at the gift shop. Lots of lovely ceramic things, all horribly overpriced. All the same charming and beautiful stuff I could find at Kamei on Clement Street, only for five times the price. I did get a stuffed Boh Mouse from the Spirited Away movie, though. Couldn’t resist.

Boh mouse

Next post: Day 3 continued — Wings at San Tung – Parklets on Noe – Super Duper Burgers

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