Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
We lucked into a free guided tour of the Japanese Tea Garden. Our guide was Don McLaurin. The garden is amazing! There are stone paths, koi ponds, pagodas, stone lanterns, a moon bridge and beautiful trees and shrubs. It is a very restful place. Our tour guide talked about the history of the garden, which touches on the persecution and detention of Japanese-Americans during WWII. He also discussed some of the features that characterize a Japanese style of garden. It was a wonderful talk and I learned a lot.
Afterwards, we stopped in the tea shop in the Garden. We had a matcha tea with mochi, a matcha cheesecake and jasmine tea.
This is one of my most favorite places to visit in San Francisco. There is something new to see every time.