The Japanese Garden is located in the Washington Park Arboretum. It is a 3-1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.
The Japanese Gardens are seasonally open from mid-February to mid-November. Activities at the Gardens include festivals, music, storytelling, workshops, moon and tree viewings, and tea ceremonies.
This Magnolia tree in the Japanese Garden is just starting to show its blooms in April 2012.
The central element of the Japanese Garden is a very large Koi pond with very large fish and a significant number of turtles.
This turtle has had a rough, if protected life, as evidenced by the breaks in its shell at the Japanese Gardens.
Spring a the Japanese Gardens shows off lush green foliage under clear, blue Seattle skies.
Spirit temples and ducks grace the edges of the very large Koi pond in the Washington Arboretum Japanese Gardens.
At the lakeshore are a variety of features such as a rock promontory, an inlet, and steep slopes, through which water continues its way, until it reaches a village (an image of the village symbolized by a cherry grove, iris paddies, and a moon viewing hill).
At the village, there appears an island connected to the shore by two different bridges. At the end of the lake is a stone paved boat launch, which symbolically represents a fishing village. There, the water disappears from one’s sight, leaving the expectation that it will be joining the greater ocean.
The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America. It lives in slow-moving fresh waters, from southern Canada to Louisiana and northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The turtle is the only species of the genus Chrysemys, which is part of the pond turtle family Emydidae. Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago, but four regionally based subspecies (the eastern, midland, southern, and western) evolved during the last ice age.
The Tea House in the Japanese Garden was donated by the city of Tokyo in 1959, was burned by vandals in 1973 and reconstructed by Yasunori "Fred" Sugita in 1980 and 1981.
During 2001 and 2002, renovation took place under the direction of Koichi Kobayashi
The three and a half-acre garden contains the features of stroll-through gardens of the formal (shin-style) type, built during the Momoyama Period (late 16th century) and early Edo period (early 17th century).
Raquel in the Japanese Gardens in Seattle's Washington Arboretum Park, bundled against the cool wind but enjoying the clear blue skies, made famous by Perry Como.
A White camellia along the border fence of the Japanese Gardens in Seattle, spring 2012.
A white camellia bloom at the Japanese Gardens
Red camelias in Seattle's Japanese Gardens.
Alan by a pine tree in the Japanese Gardens
Kiyoshi Inoshita, one of the garden’s initial designers, describes his design intent:
The flow of water, which originated at the high mountain ranges, transforms itself as it continues its way through the landscape; first it turns into a waterfall, then into a stream, lashing the bank by a tea hut, and finally becomes a lake.
Rhododendron blooms in the Washington Park Arboretum Japanese Gardens
Alan standing on an arched stone bridge by a "spirit house" in the Japanese Garden
Rhododendron blooms in the Japanese Gardens
A wonderful "Christmas" touch of green, red and white in the Japanese Gardens
A "spirit House" next to the arched stone bridge over a stream that feeds the Koi pond of the Japanese Garden
Japanese "spirit house" under a pink Rhododendron in the Japanese Gardens.
A weeping Cherry Tree, flowering in the Washington Park Arboretum
A bucolic vista in the Washington Park Arboretum
Cherry trees on Azalea Way in the Washington Park Arboretum
Blossoms on Cherry twigs in the Washington Park Arboretum
Pink blossoms abound on this tree in the Washington Park Arboretum
Alan by a Honeysuckle along the Azalea Way in the Washington Park Arboretum
Cherry trees stand like sentinels along Azalea Way in the Washington Park Arboretum
The beautiful yellow spring blossoms of the Tall Oregon Grape (Mahonia aguafolia) in the Washington Park Arboretum
Western Skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) in the Washington Park Arboretum
A five-petaled lavender beauty in the Washington Park Arboretum
A white beauty of the same species in the Washington Park Arboretum
A bouquet of lavender beauties iin the Washington Park Arboretum
Royal Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) blooms in the Washington Park Arboretum
Looking down the long vista of Azalea Way in the Washington Park Arboretum.
Unusual blossoms along Azalea Way n the Washington Park Arboretum.
A Cherry Tree along the Washington Park Arboretum's Azalea Way.
Arti with Anura and the blue otter we got her at the Seattle Zoo.
The lovely ladies, Anura and Arti at home in Seattle
Anura with her new blue otter.
Farshad, Arti and Anura on their balcony
Happy times for Farshad, Arti and Anura on their balcony
Mount Rainier from the balcony of Farshad and Arti's terrace
Raquel, Alan and Apurna on Arti's balcony
Joann and Raquel on the bridge over Juanita Creek as it flows into Lake Washington
Joann and Raquel by Lake Wshington
Creek flowing into Lake Washington
Alan on the wetland walkway of Lake Washington in Kirkland's Juanita Bay Park
Turtles abound on every log in Kirkland's Juanita Bay Park as sun returns to Lake Washington