Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Sunday, January 31, 2010

In the center of Phoenix which is situated in the Sonoran Desert is a beautiful oasis of calm and serenity. The Japanese Friendship Garden, RO HO EN, is a joint project between Phoenix and our Sister City of Himeji, Japan. http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/

The pond is in the shape of the kanji character kokoro, or heart. There are many types of trees and shrubs and the curving paths and bridges invite you to relax and meditate.

We spent a wonderful afternoon, a break in the rain, strolling the paths, taking pictures, sketching, watching a pair of mallards, and just finding ourselves again.

The gardens were built in the 1990s and I'm sad to say this is the first time we have been there although we've talked about it many times. Are there little oasis of tranquility in your area that you've been meaning to visit. Make a date with yourself or a friend or family member and just do it.