Moon Bridge & Upper Pond in Chisen Kaiyu Shiki
Although this is a medium-sized garden (5.5 acres), the design of curved pathways and the gradual change of the scene give us an illusion that the whole area is quite large. For every step we can really enjoy the scene, no matter it is a landscape view or a tiny spot next to the path, and there is no sudden transition of the scene between different areas of the garden.
Portland Japanese Garden Symbol on Tea House Roof Ridge
In contrast to the Classical Chinese Garden, I enjoy this kind of scenic design more simply because it is more natural without losing its subtlety. The Chinese Garden gave me a whole lot of impression and background information in the beginning, and I do feel surprised about their plentiful culture and crafts. However the Japanese Garden is more natural and has itself merged to the surrounding beauty. It emphasizes more about the harmony of the whole feeling and scene. I do have more wonderful aftertaste and memory after the visit.
Pathway to Tea House 'Kashin Tei'
This visit reminded me our trip to the wonderful world historical heritage, Nikko (日光), in Japan early this year. The famous Kinugawa (鬼怒川) hot spring is also nearby. Portland is the sister city of Sapporo (札幌) in Hokkaido (北海道), Japan. Maybe next time when we fly back to Taiwan, we will plan to visit another site of Japan again. The Hokkaido Island is a good choice in our list.
One spot in the inner Tea Garden 'Uchi Roji'