Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nitobe Memorial Gardens

 After only one class on my first full day of school, I was completely overwhelmed. The campus was busy with hundreds of students going every direction; student groups, businesses, and vendors were set up everywhere; music was blaring from speakers near the SUB, and I needed to find a quiet space away from the hubbub.
I found out that as students, we have free access to the museums and gardens on campus. The Botanical Gardens seemed too far away being on the other side of campus, so I looked up the Nitobe Memorial Gardens and discovered that they were a short walk away.
What a beautiful oasis! And no one was there. There were maybe 3 or 4 people I saw during my whole visit. I walked into this gorgeous Japanese style garden and the sun was filtered through the trees.
 There were several places to sit, and all of them seemed secluded. There's a tea house that is only open when they have a tea ceremony, but there was a bench built into the outside wall that will be a perfect place to sit in the rain when I go back during the winter. I'll make sure I see it through the seasons. I'm already looking forward to cherry blossom season in the spring.
Just one of the gems on this beautiful campus.

Friday, September 07, 2012


If you just ignore the bad french, the video is great.