Himeji Garden

For some time I’ve admired the photos of the Kyoto area posted by Jeffrey Friedl in his blog. In particular, his images of Japanese gardens have a wonderful dreaminess to them.

I was recently reminded that Adelaide has a Japanese garden tucked away in a corner of the southern parklands, less than a kilometer from the centre of the city. The garden was planted out in the mid-1980’s as a sister city project between Adelaide and Himeji, a city of some 500,000 persons in the Kansai region of southern Honshu island.

I visited the garden when it was quite young, and recently went back with camera in hand. It is now some 25 years old and has matured considerably – the garden, not the camera, that is!

The excuse was to try out a brand new lens – the Pentax FA77 F1.8 Limited – one of the royalty of Pentax’s lens line-up.

So, over to the photos.

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Entrance to the garden

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Nandina (sacred bamboo) berries

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Looking across the garden’s central lake

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Appealing to all ages…

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

That wasn’t me who made that mess… so said the little black duck.

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Winter Iris

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Path to the Kare Senzui dry garden

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Viewed from the small pavilion, the dry garden is designed to evoke images of rock ‘islands’ and ‘waves’ in the combed gravel.

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

Himeji Garden, Adelaide

And just to prove this is in Australia, a magpie-lark (aka the Murray magpie in South Australia)

To Learn More

Entry to the garden is free and it is open daily.  A brochure for the garden can be found here.  The garden is only a fifteen minute walk from the city centre, and is worth a visit. Step inside for a moment of tranquility and allow the hustle and bustle of a busy city to quickly fade away.

Jeffrey Friedl is an American now living in Kyoto, Japan.  This is the link to his blog.  A computer programmer/developer, he has developed numerous plug-ins for the Adobe Lightroom photo management app in his spare time, which is how I stumbled on his site.

Jeffrey regularly visits the temple gardens around Kyoto, and is fond of shallow depth of field images.  His magic weapon is a Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 lens which imparts a delightful softness to the out of focus areas.

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