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Spring garden!

Spring garden!

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love flowers,shrubs,trees and all the greenery. This isn’t surprising for people who know where I come from ( Ratnagiri, India) the most beautiful place on earth. As a child, I have always seen my mom, grandma planting a garden and taking care of all plants just as you care for babies. Now that I have a nice backyard and frontyard and its spring, I thought of buying and planting some plants. I am starting with just a few as the soil,weather and everything is so different here.Eventually, I also want to start growing veggies but one step at a time. So here are some plants I recently bought and will be planting them over the coming weekend....

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Japanese gardens

Japanese gardens

I am in awe of Japanese gardens. I think I have written about these gardens previously too, but like I said, I am in ‘awe’ and so I am going to write some more…. Japanese gardens are very traditional gardens and are highly abstract and stylized. The gardens of the Emperors and nobles were designed for recreation and aesthetic pleasure, while the gardens of Buddhist temples were designed for contemplation and meditation. We visited one of each type of garden in Tokyo ( Emperor’s garden) and Kyoto (famous zen garden).  I found the zen garden in the Ryoan-ji temple very interesting. Many different theories have been put forward about what the garden is supposed to represent, which one can easily google. But, it is an abstract composition of “natural” objects in space, a composition whose function is to incite meditation. The garden has fifteen stones of different sizes and shapes, carefully composed in five groups. The stones are surrounded by white gravel, which is carefully raked each day by the monks. The stones are placed in such a way that the entire composition cannot be seen at once . The  arrangement of the stones is so unique that when looking at the garden from one angle, only fourteen rocks are visible at one time, one rock is always hidden . It is traditionally said that only through attaining enlightenment would one be able to view the fifteenth rock.   Pretty amazing, isn’t it????   I am sure, I want to have a Japanese style garden when we have our own house...

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace

After we were done with biking, we headed to Tokyo Imperial Palace. The Japanese emperor and his empress live here. The palace buildings and inner gardens are obviously not open to the public except on New Year’s and Emperor’s Birthday, when visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial family, who make several public appearances on a balcony.Nevertheless, we got to see the palace which has the largest number of people coming to view the cherry blossoms! The palace certainly looks magnificent in the night! After we were done taking some pics, we had yummy food! Details on next post!...

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Japanese cherry blossoms!

Japanese cherry blossoms!

I never thought I would get to visit Japan again! Surprisingly enough, I got a chance to visit due to my spring break!  What got me excited was that I knew it was the season of cherry blossoms in Japan. Luckily, this year cherry blossoms arrived earlier than expected.  I have seen cherry blossoms in the US before (Tasman Drive) but nothing like the Japanese cherry blossom called sakura. Japan has a wide variety of cherry blossoms. The most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan is the somei yoshino. Its flowers are nearly pure white, tinged with the palest pink, especially near the stem. They bloom and usually fall within a week, before the leaves come out. Therefore, the trees look nearly white from top to bottom. Here are some pics; the experience is nothing less than magical! Close-up pic taken by my husband! His photography skills are improving too 😉...

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Shoreline park!

I am busy wrapping up my semester so I quickly wanted to stop by and share a few wildlife photography pics from last weekend’s trip to shoreline park. Hope you like them as much as I do…… Some shorebirds…. Waterfowl Canadian mommy goose with a goosling Erget Crazy sandpiper busy hunting for food! Poor oystercatcher, hurt its leg ! A squirrel ( I still prefer calling it “kharutai”)! What a nice camaflouge! Spotted an angry bird kite! I want...

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