Each autumn I make visits to Point Defiance Park Japanese Garden, located in Tacoma, Washington. One of its major highlights is the reflection pond. The little island in the middle of the pond supports a miniature shrine along with an ornamental Japanese Maple that turns a brilliant, red color in the fall. Photo ops abound here, in this little space. Away from the pond area, and on the other side of the Pagoda Building, footpaths meander around a little, forested area—complete with Sequoia trees, a traditional Japanese foot bridge, as well ornamental shrubs and trees that display eye-popping colors. I have dedicated this blog post entirely to this cultural microcosm.
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