Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco,

I am visiting California for my son’s wedding. Today we went to the Japanese Tea Garden which is situated with in the Golden Gate Park,  San Francisco  The park was a good 30 min walk from our Airbnb in Cole Valley. 

The park was originally commissioned for the Midwinter international Exposition of 1894. The garden consists of twisting paths, ‘tranquil coy ponds and carefully manicured trees’ ( Kristen Malsberger 2014). 

The garden was restored in 1952 after the war. There is a very pretty bridge called ‘Drum Bridge’ which has a dramatic curve to allow boats to pass easily underneath. It’s also called the ‘Moon bridge’ because the arch is reflected in the pool creating an unbroken circle. One of its main purposes is to slow people down during their walk around the gardens 

I had my heart in my mouth whilst my 82 yr old Dad climbed down it 

There is a plaque next to the bridge which tells you a little bit about its history – Shinshichi Nakatani designed and built the bridge. He constructed it  in Japan, dismantled it and brought back to the USA. Halfway through completion, the Midwinter Expo ran out of funds. Shinshichi returned to Japan and sold off personal land to pay for the rest of the project. It took 50yrs for him to save up enough money to by back his land. 

Sacrifice indeed http://www.artandarchitecture-sf.com/the-drum-bridge-at-the-japanese-tea-garden.html

Detail of a gate

Pagoda (1915) 

Detail from the gate 

Crockery and tea – from our tea tasting – we also had fortune cookies……. 

‘ an alien of some sort will be appearing to you shortly’ 

‘Today is a good time to take some extra relaxation’

My favourite thing to take photos of were the large Coy Carp