travelogue: in this garden

“Immersed in society’s materialism, increasingly boxed into a systematized world, we have become immune to a simpler, more natural way of living and thinking. It is difficult if not impossible under such circumstances to experience and know reality. Despite our accomplishments and possessions, our deeper desires often remain unfulfilled. We find ourselves preoccupied with modern society’s demands, drawing us away from cultivating a more fundamental relationship with Life.…Strolling through a pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, the arrangements of plants and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and shoreline — little by little we are encouraged to lay aside the chaos of a troubled world and gently nurture the capacity within to hear a more harmonious, universal rhythm. We exchange burden, boredom and despair for renewal, inspiration and hope. Or, from the joy we already feel, we discover an even greater capacity for good. This is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us.”

— Garden designer Hoichi Kurisu, on his intentions for the gardens at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.

Travelogue, February 2019, photos ©2019 Jen Payne. Text from the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens website,

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