On Saturday D. and I paid a visit to Hakone Estate and Gardens, one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Here is Part 1 of some of the pics I took while we were there (see Part 2 here).
Crabapples festoon branches outside the formal main gate.
The Kasuga lantern is traditionally used as a guardian at garden entrances.
The Cultural Exchange Center's viewing deck offers a beautiful vista across the Santa Clara Valley to the Diablo Range beyond San Francisco Bay.
The style of the snow-viewing lantern was developed in the 16th Century and features a wide roof for deep snow accumulation, and a wide light box, although there is little opportunity in this part of California to observe the effectiveness of this design (because we don't get snow).
The koi pond was created in the most popular style of 17th Century Japan. It is home to a diverse school of colorful fish who are friendly and curious.