My son and I have a joke that wherever we are in Florida we would see a sign for the Morikami Museum. We would say, "all roads lead to the Morikami." Needless to say, it was high time we got ourselves there.
With a winter storm at the Northeast's doorstep, I leave you with these pictures to help warm your spirit and remind you ~ Spring is just around the bend.
Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, was inspired by famous gardens of Japan. There are six distinct gardens set on 16 acres, designed around a lake to accentuate the gallery and museum. Click here if you want a better understanding of each garden type and what it represents.
The path around the lake takes you on a romantic journey. The obvious beauty and naturalistic woodland setting sets it apart from more formal Japanese gardens but the zen-like feeling remains.
Flat gardens or dry landscaping speak to the balance within: of shrubs and rocks. The act of raking the sand is meditative. It is a tool to help calm the mind. Different patterns have different meanings.
So much inspiration!
A lizard was perfectly perched on the pagoda. The koi and turtles seem happy as well.
Touring the garden is a personal journey of observation and introspection. It is a sensory experience as well, with something to see around every corner.
As the laughing Buddha signifies, may happiness and joy wash over you and may peace be in your heart.