Sometimes we need a get-a-way; a place with fresh air and beautiful scenery. A place for meditation, relaxation, and reflection. Shirotori Garden is a traditional Japanese garden, and an oasis offering a respite from city life. I was able to rejuvenate, as the tranquility provided allowed me to draw energy from within.
Outside Shirotori Gardens is the normal hustle and bustle. However despite being surrounded by vehicles and buildings, once inside you could hear a pin drop.
The Japanese describe the water at Shirotori Garden as an expression of three water moods: the spray of waves, tides flowing between rocks and the changes in scenery according to the flow of water (http://www.shirotori-garden.jp/english/). While there, I did witness each of these moods and one other – life.
It costs 300 yen to enter. A map is given and then you’re on your way.
Not long after, I began my nature walk. I explored the entire garden. There was a private tea ceremony taking place at the Seiu Tei, at the time. Public tea ceremonies are seasonal. If you are interested in partaking in a traditional Japanese Tea ceremony at Shirotori Garden, September to November are when ceremonies are generally held. Of course, it will be an additional price to the admission fee.
Apart from the traditional tea ceremony, patrons can enjoy some ocha (green tea) and confectionary on regular days.
Close to the Seiu Tei, is a garden of flowers and beautiful plants.
There are signs around advertising fish food. Japanese children had the merchandise in their hands, excitement radiating off their bodies. The children were overjoyed to interact with the fish through feeding them. Some of the fish had gorgeous colors, others were plain. I stalked a gold one, while observing interactions taking place around me.
Children squealed when the fish turned into ravage beasts during the feeding phases.