Anderson Japanese Garden @ Rockford, Illinois

November 5, 2008

*Many pictures again. Go grab yourself a snack and come back*

Rockford is about 90 minutes drive from where Rob lives. We spent about 3 days there sightseeing and a *little* shopping. Heh.

The first time I visited Rob I was already interested in visiting the Anderson Japanese Garden (AJG) but they weren’t open during the winter time. Since it was on the way back from MOA, we decided to stop by Rockford so I could visit the garden.

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Entrance fee was USD7 per person but Rob, again, scored cheap entrance tickets from the radio shopping channel. I think it was USD5 for two. Isn’t he DA MAN?

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Sticker as proof of purchase of entrance tickets

The first thing that greeted me at AJG was this little squirrel. It was just staring at us while we walked by. I stopped to take a picture but it ran and hid among some bushes.

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I suppose the whole reason I wanted to go to this garden (and many other gardens/parks at that) was to take tons and tons of pictures. Not that I’m a pro or anything but I’m pretty sure by now you guys probably know I have a soft spot for some version of photography, whatever you call mine. HEH

There was a gate to go through to enter the main compound of the garden. So what did we do?

Yes, we camwhored.

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The weather was almost perfect for a day at AJG. The sun was out and the skies were blue, which really makes a difference when taking pictures.

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Camwhoring again

This is the zig-zag bridge. By my calculations there were about 8 segment of bridges which I suspect to be correct since the number 8 has the prosperity meaning to it in Asian culture.

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I love the Weeping Willow tree.

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Koi swimming towards me for food. Too bad I didn’t bring food with me.

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Garden of Reflection

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South Gate – entrance to the Guest House

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This is the Raked Gravel Garden. The sand is actually hand-raked so visitors aren’t allowed to walk on it.

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Main bridge

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Pond Strolling Garden

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I saw this cute duck swimming in the pond so I figured I would snap a few pictures of it.

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Then it swam away from me.

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That BASTARD!!!

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Pretty butterfly

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Posing at the main bridge

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Me bugging Rob while he was trying to snap a picture

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The thing I was looking forward to the most at AJG was the waterfall. I had seen pictures of it from their website and it was absolutely beautiful. I wanted to take a picture of it myself!

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I quite like this next picture. I got lucky in capturing the koi fishes in the picture, considering the fishes were just swimming around, minding their own business.

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Remember I said the sun was out?

Imagine the damage I could’ve done had I owned an SLR. Always wanted one but it’s a bit too expensive for me at the moment, being unemployed and all. But I have vowed to myself that once I get a job that pays well, and I am financially stable, I shall purchased one and go CRAZY.

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I end this post with my favourite shot from AJG. I love the colour combination, with the lush greens, orange leaves and just the feeling of serenity I get by just looking at the picture. I close my eyes and I can almost hear the water splashing.

TA DA!

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AJG is such a peaceful place. I think it’s a great place to unwind and relax, and even meditate if you wish.

I could almost feel the energy and grace that exudes in this tranquil place…

The sounds of trickling water drawing one deeper into relaxation…

The breeze that blows in one’s face, calming one’s nerves…

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That is, until Rob and I come along giggling and laughing, and making fun of each other. Then, all the peace and serenity is just…well…GONE.

It then becomes just another playground for us.

Sorry for the lack of words in this post. I have to go get some work done on the thesis.

  1. 3 Responses to “Anderson Japanese Garden @ Rockford, Illinois”


  2. nice place :D

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    By Crazyfool - Make You Crazy And FooL on Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008


  3. It sure is :)

    By Shin on Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008


  4. wow.. it is so beautiful!

    By 4 a BeTTer W0r1d on Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008


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