In this our second in our series on the Saginaw Japanese tea garden, we look at some of the features that make the garden feel Japanese. Last time, we looked at the garden itself and its beautiful plants. It’s difficult to describe and photograph, because the garden is laid out as a series of spaces. It’s more like walking through a house from room to room than going outside into a wide-open space. We’ll give it a try, though.
Here is the walking entrance from Rust Street. You can see the gateway looks Japanese with its stylistic roof. Also, you see the Japanese lamp and yew trees, as well as some Japanese maples in the background.
Another feature is the Japanese gazebo. Here’s Heidi enjoying a little break.
There are a lot of Japanese lamps around the garden but here’s one that’s taller than Heidi.
The garden also features a Japanese peace pole. Apparently, peace poles are fairly recent phenomena. The one in Saginaw was presented by a group called Children Against Wars in 1987. Saginaw’s peace pole reads “may peace prevail on earth” in English, Japanese, Spanish, and what looks like Russian.
The teahouse itself does not look particularly Japanese from the entrance, unless you count shake roofs as Japanese. However, the sign above the door welcomes visitors in both English and Japanese.
We’ll cover one more feature here. There is a special space just outside the teahouse with a Japanese lamp and water feature. Our guide said this space is used for special purposes. He also said it’s difficult to get the water running so we did not get to see that!
Next time, we’ll cover the most interesting part, what happened in the teahouse. Thanks for reading. Feel free to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.