Japanese Friendship Garden

Every weekend I like to go out and explore the beautiful Silicon Valley. When the time allows it, I plan a long road trip and I make sure to enjoy the voyage as much as the destination but I will not say no in spending a weekend visiting places close to home.

Bay Area is huge, I’m used to European measuring scale, therefore I had to learn that whole Silicon Valley is “close to home”. It wasn’t easy but now I’m comfortable driving 20 miles to Mademoiselle Colette for breakfast or take a 50 minutes drive for a clam chowder at Stagnaro Bros in Santa Cruz.

In one of these busy weekends, in my search for some quietness I’ve discovered the Japanese Friendship Garden. The garden is beautiful and most important is quiet, really quiet. The Japanese Friendship Garden was build as a living symbol of friendship between San Jose, CA and Okayama, Japan.  Patterned after Korakuen Garden, Okayama this magic place was built 1965. The creek that flows throughout the entire extent of the garden is forming several quiet ponds.

“In every direction the eye is delighted, complete with picturesque Japanese bridges, waterfalls and golden Koi fish.” (source)

I’m glad I’ve worn a simple butterfly sleeves dress for this idyllic place. The stencil of the dress is giving a playful and flirty form, although it’s not contouring the silhouette. I normally don’t buy white dresses but this pattern made me fall in love.

Tips and tricks: Toned down the baggy look by the drawstrings that adjust the waist line.

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The Japanese Friendship Garden is my favorite quiet place, what’s yours?


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  1. Simona wrote:

    Cat de frumoasa e locatia, absolut minunat, nu mai vazut asa ceva niciodata, iar tu arati foarte proaspata si odihnita. Imi inspira asa un sentiment de pace si liniste toate pozele tale.. 🙂

    • Laura wrote:

      Si mie mi-a placut enorm ambianta si linistea mai ales ca la intrare era un panou prin care se cerea sa nu se lase copii nesupravegheati sau sa alerge si in interior mai multe panouri cu pastrati linistea 🙂

  2. Rachel wrote:

    What absolutely beautiful scenery and your dress is stunning x

  3. Laura wrote:

    Thank you very much Rachel