A Saturday worth remembering

I live in the Midwestern US, otherwise known as Hottest July on Record. When things began to cool down, it was wonderful  to enjoy the outdoors again. I think the time spent indoors made me appreciate this beautiful area even more. We were pretty indecisive about our options for spending a gorgeous Saturday. Shopping at Target was high on the list, but the Japanese Water Gardens won out. We had never been to visit before, so it was a shock to see cars lined up for quite a distance as they waited to enter.

We learned quickly that we had chosen the best day of the year to attend because they were having their Fall Festival. We aren’t sure how they came up with that name for the beginning of September, but we liked the festival part! It was perfect timing.

To give a little perspective on a Japanese Water Garden in our city, the population is 86.8% white. It is 1.9% Asian. We are not exactly known for diversity, but thankfully some people try. They had a group performance on Taiko drums. I think the photo reveals the 86.8% population, but they did a great job.

The park had one main pond that poured out magnificent blue water. We traveled to Switzerland last year, and its color reminded me of Lake Geneva.

The serenity brought about by the peaceful, calm setting was like having a mental massage.

It was wonderful to experience such unique features such as the bonsai trees and Japanese maples. 

The floating bridge was a little terrifying for the two of us with balance and coordination issues. We decided it was best admired from a distance. 

We thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to make it an annual tradition. Next year we will know to plan for it, and invite some friends to join us.

Thank you to our sister city Isesaki, Japan for sharing a bit of yourselves with the Ozarks.



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10 thoughts on “A Saturday worth remembering

  1. sagescenery September 12, 2012 at 8:43 am Reply

    Ahhh…serenity is so welcomed!

    The photos are beautiful…thanks for sharing! I’m going to go find a calming spot near here right now!


  2. Rebecca K. September 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm Reply

    How cool!! I love Japanese gardens. There’s one here in Austin, too, but I think we need to see it in the spring or fall, instead of the dead of winter like last time!


    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm Reply

      I used to frequent one in Ft Worth, and loved it. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. yepirategunn September 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply

    That was very nice – Japanese gardens are special, and only rivalled by Persian gardens I think. Thanks!


    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm Reply

      I’ve never visited a Persian garden. I will have to look for one! Thank you for stopping by.


  4. yomicfit September 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm Reply

    How lovely !


  5. healthandhappinesswithjen September 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I had the fortune of spending a day in Tokyo back in June where we visited a Japanese garden quite similar to yours (thanks for taking me back there)! It’s gorgeous and looks very relaxing. You are fortunate to have such a fabulous resource available to you at any time. Enjoy!


    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm Reply

      That must have been amazing! We are very fortunate to have so many things to do here, considering the size of the community.


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