Saturday, September 8, 2012

Nitobe Memorial Garden

This past week, I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia to attend Tea Master certification training.  As this was my first visit to Vancouver, I arrived a day early for sightseeing.  My first stop was Nitobe Memorial Garden, a Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden on the grounds of the University of British Columbia.

Upon visiting Nitobe Memorial Garden, the then Crown Prince of Japan was heard to say, "I am in Japan."  I would have to agree.  Walking through the Garden gate was like stepping across the ocean.  Vancouver and the world outside simply disappeared.  The air was cool and crisp and carried a light scent of cedar.  I wandered the paths, took copious amounts of photos, and felt the stress of last-minute packing and a 3-hour drive slide away.

Nitobe Memorial Garden is also home to the Ichibo-an Tea House where the Urasenke Foundation of Vancouver hosts a tea ceremony on the last Saturday of the month throughout the summer.

1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

11:00am to 2:00pm (Monday-Friday)

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