A Visit to the Japanese Tea Garden #SunshineSUNday

In Golden Gate Park, San Francisco there is a beautiful, perfectly manicured garden that looks like a full-grown version of some emperor’s bonsai collection.

japanese tea garden SF pagota

This gorgeous garden, known as The Japanese Tea Garden, was created in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park as a remembrance of the thousands of Californians forced into Japanese internment camps during WWII.

japanese tea garden pagota SF

You won’t find trees like this in NYC, those are California redwoods, baby.

japanese tea garden SF bridge

I visited this garden many times as a little girl. This bridge was always a little scary. The first time I climbed it- maybe at age four?- I felt like I conquered a dragon.

japanese tea garden SF bridge top

It’s still a beast to climb, the stairs are near perpendicular!

japanese tea garden SF tea house

Of course there’s a tea house in the Japanese Tea Garden.

japanese tea garden SF tea house view

I admired the view, sipping jasmine green tea that seemed reasonably authentic and ate some kind of tea cake that’s likely completely Americanized – but still tasty!

japanese tea garden SF pond

This pond, home to many Koi fish (you can see the orange back of one in the above photo!), goes through out much of the garden. If you’re a kid who grew up in San Francisco, you definitely know some one who fell in this pond.

japanese tea garden SF path

I’m proud to say I’ve never fallen in. Look at these stepping stones over the water and you’ll see that’s not a small accomplishment!

japanese tea garden SF baby

Until a certain age, hand-holding is essential to remaining dry in this garden.

japanese tea garden SF cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms start to emerge in January in this garden. It’s really not fair.

japanese tea garden SF buddha

Buddha statue and bamboo, if you leave a penny at his feet, it’s supposed to bring good luck!

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NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

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