February 03, 2013

Jardin Japones

The Jardin Japones is part of the Palermo Woods park system in Buenos Aires. It opened in 1967 to mark the visit of Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko, now Emperor and Empress. They visited again in 1997.

The garden contains all the elements of a proper Japanese Garden: water, trees, rock, lanterns, bridges and a tea house. Balance and harmony are key and while these photos give the impression of tranquility, there is a significant human presence in the garden. Best to come during the week when crowds might be smaller.

The red bridge is called the Bridge of God. It is deliberately difficult to cross as it symbolizes the often rough path to paradise.

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