Seattle Japanese Garden

Even when many people are walking its paths, the Seattle Japanese Garden invites a contemplative state of mind. A pond rests in its center and the placement of each element, whether built or growing, suggests deep care went into its design. Even the turtles seem thoughtful about how they arrange themselves to bask in the spring sun.

Turtle harmony in the park
Turtle harmony in the park

Most of the pond is cloudy today so it takes a few minutes to focus on the many koi who have taken up watery residence. I adore koi and am thrilled to see so many large fish – a foot or longer in length – that hang out for handouts. Visitors toss in anything resembling food and the pond roils with fishy mouths in a host of hues. The murky water creates a mysterious frame for these colorful lovelies.

Koi art
Koi art

When you have the time, one curling fern frond is as interesting as a tree loaded with blooms.

The grace of one frond
The grace of one frond
Bloom-a-rama!
Bloom-a-rama!

It seems that each angle of a spot in the garden has been considered.

Visual layers make me wish I could paint
Visual layers make me wish I could paint

I wonder why it’s taken us so long to wander this wonderful place. For Seattle, it is affordable and for once there is parking – probably because it’s early spring.

A bubbling brook (really!) feeds the pond
A bubbling brook (really!) feeds the pond

Surely the garden has been designed to enjoy in every season, so there is reason to return and wander more.

Amazing on a tiny scale
Amazing on a tiny scale
Amazing on a bigger scale
Amazing on a bigger scale
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