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.
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.