Victoria Day adventuring took Mr. P—being a special friend to the places where History and Nature get all smushed together—to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, on the shores of Henderson Lake in Lethbridge, Alberta.
One of many parks across Canada designed in commemoration of Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967 (like Confederation Park in Calgary), the Nikka Yuko garden specifically honours the contributions of Japanese pioneers in southern Alberta.
We learned that Japanese gardeners prune trees to make them look all svelte and well-proportioned; that water is the heart of a Japanese garden and symbolizes purity in Japanese culture; that gardeners should never underestimate the importance of a Well Placed Rock; and that you’re not allowed to wear shoes in the nifty pagoda that smelled like cedar.
All in all, a peaceful stop on a rainy Victoria Day, and we didn’t forget to commemorate our friendship at the Friendship Bell, make a wish in the mysterious well in the forest, or nearly get our feet sliced off by samurai swords.
Hope everyone else had a good Victoria Day!