Take my breath away already! This park was AMAZING. Impeccably trimmed and a sheer Japanese beauty in the botanical form. Think lake, zen garden, bridge, koi fish, bonzai, boxed grown trees, Japanese tea house overseeing the lake… This beauty was categorised as National Special Scenic Beauty, it was the largest one in Japan. The garden was commissioned back in Edo period, 1625. It took about 100 years to complete; completed in 1745. It was a 3 star according to the Michelin Green guide. Unlike most 3 star destinations, this one was NOT crowded at all; as you can see from my photos, there was hardly anyone. Been there in autumn and summer time… no body LOL. The tea houes, Kikugetsu-tei, served traditional Japanese sweet and green tea (no reservation required). Kikugetsu-tei also served
Merry Christmas! This is my first Christmas post. For this special day, I’d like to write about the Japanese tea ceremony concept, Ichigo Ichie. 一期一会 ‘One opportunity, one encounter’ This seemingly simple sentence strikes a cord with me. I only learn about this yojijukugo (4 word idiom, 四字熟語) in 2007 when I met an old lady near Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto. We had tea together. She gave me a small ceramic frog and said, ‘Ichigo ichie’. Something that I have never forgotten. 一期一会 The concept is simple: each encounter is a once in a life time experience, it can NEVER repeat again.