I have always loved Japanese style architecture, but now when I see this image, I think of our friendship with Japan and the gardens we have created in their honor as a visual expression of our connectedness. Now when I look at this, I say another prayer for all of the people of Japan and the horrific experiences they are facing and their many losses. Please join me in my on-going prayers for their survival and well being. Reclaiming their peaceful lives staggers the imagination and I hope and pray for their strength and resiliance.

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The 702-acre park includes Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Rose Garden, Rhododendron Garden, the Camp 6 Logging Museum, beaches, trails, a boardwalk, a boathouse, a Washington State Ferries ferry dock, Fort Nisqually, and most notably a stand of old-growth forest. More than two million people visit it every year. Point Defiance Park is maintained and operated by the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma.

A focal point of Point Defiance Park’s Japanese Garden, the Pagoda was built in 1914 as a replica of a 17th century Japanese Lodge. It was originally a waiting room for streetcars. Now this magnificent structure functions as a rental facility for weddings and other private parties as well as a venue for garden shows, lectures and concerts. Gardens surrounding the Pagoda feature pools, a waterfall, a picturesque footbridge, cherry trees, azaleas and rhododendrons.

The Japanese Garden at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington. This was a lovely place to sit and enjoy nature and the peaceful feeling on a lovely warm May afternoon.

These features were originally a gift to the City of Tacoma from its “sister city”, Kitakyushu, Japan in 1961. The Japanese Gardens are a work in progress that continue to reflect the rich cultural heritage of Tacoma.


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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful Marjorie, instant fave!!

  • Thank you so much, Gail.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for stopping by. :)

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Capture ! :)

  • Thank you, Marie.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 4 years ago

    Very lovely, what a beautiful place, and lovely reflections !

  • Thank you, Morag.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Sean.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Barbara Anderson
    Barbara Andersonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful and peaceful looking.

  • Thank you, Barbara.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • debbiedoda
    debbiedodaover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful garden.

  • Thank you very much, Debbie.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Marjorie:)

  • Thank you very much, Sandy.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous reflections and photo.. Well done.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 4 years ago

    Lovely composition!

  • Thank you so very much for your nice comments.

    – Marjorie Wallace

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