November 6th, 2016

Hakone Gardens 2

Hakone Gardens 2

My visit to Hakone Gardens, continued.  Part 1 here.

A waterfall feeds into the koi pond.

Traditional Japanese lanterns have 5 components to their structure: pedestal, base, light box, roof, and finial.

A view of the koi pond and moon bridge from the lower wisteria pavilion.

Across the koi pond is the Moon Viewing House, which was originally constructed in 1917.

The bamboo forest is a reflection of the friendship with Saratoga's sister city, Muko-shi, Japan.

A section of Hakone is devoted to growing tea plants (presumably used in the tea ceremonies conducted here).

A fallen bigleaf maple leaf glows with autumn color.

Pyracantha berries are bright pops of bold red.

Another lantern, tucked into the foliage.

Jizo Bodhisattva is the guardian of deceased children, expectant mothers, firemen, travelers and pilgrims.  Visitors have left offerings of coins at the base of the statue.

Fudo the Fire God.  Fudo means immovable, in his faith and in overcoming all worry.  His sword represents wisdom splitting apart ignorance, and his rope binds demons.  Fudo is a righteous dude.

Time to go home, I guess.