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Peaceful Refuge...

Carol Clifford

Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

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A Little About This Garden…

This is the Nitobe Memorial Gardens at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Visitors to Nitobe Japanese Memorial Garden can expect an experience rich with meaning and culture. Nitobe Garden is a tranquil garden that lends itself to thought and contemplation.

The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 2½ acre (one hectare) traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia. It is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

One of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, it honours Japanese author, educator, diplomat, and politician Nitobe Inazō (1862–1933), who died in Victoria, British Columbia (now the sister city of Nitobe’s home town Morioka), and whose goal was “to become a bridge across the Pacific.”

The garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years’ study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe’s death each year. The garden is behind the university’s Asian Centre, which is built from steel girders from Japan’s exhibit at Osaka Expo.

The Garden features a fully functional Japanese tea house called Ichibō-an, surrounded by an outer tea garden with a waiting bench and an inner garden.

The Garden also features several lanterns of different varieties, including a snow viewing lantern, and the Nitobe Lantern, featuring carvings of lotus blossoms and a dog (Nitobe’s birth sign), and the inscription "I.M., Inazo Nitobe, 1861–1933, Apostle of Goodwill Among Nations, Erected by his friends.”

Captured on: 27 March 2011, just a week before the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver, Canada. The cherry trees in Nitobe Gardens were just getting ready to burst forth! I will have to make a second trip to catch the trees in full bloom!

Camera: Nikon D7000 – Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm

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