2015-05-03 - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Part I
I woke up this morning after five hours of sleep and thirty-four miles of walking the day before. My body demanded food. I fed it and caught up on my TV shows while posting about the Great Saunter on Tumblr. I then took the PATH train and subway to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I missed my stop, however, and walked an extra mile and a fifth.
I caught up with my good friend Reece whom I had not seen in a long time, and we walked to see the how-can-this-exist-in-a-world-with-winter cherry blossoms. All these blossoming are the same species but in two weeks another kind will blossom here.
We also walked around the Japanese Garden. A Japanese Garden always has rocks and water and what would be native plants in Japan. This garden therefore has plants native to both Japan and the local area.
This Japanese Torii gate is commonly found at the entrance to or within a Shinto shrine to mark the transition from the profane to the sacred. This gate leads you to the shrine nearby, dedicated to a goddess of the harvest. A Torii gate would not be found in a private garden as Shinto shrines are in public places. Shinto shrines, which are each devoted to a kami, fit right into the scenery since shintai (where the kami reside) can be natural objects such as rocks, mountains, trees, and waterfalls.