Unlike many world travelers, if you asked Shaun and I what our favorite country has been throughout our traveling “career”, it has always been a quick and easy reply – JAPAN. It is the country that we would love to return to and has haunted us every day since July 2008. I had just picked up my camera in a serious manner then and was capturing our trip on my mom’s old analog Canon. We don’t have many stories from there on Over Yonderlust and I’m sure that will change sometime soon. When in Portland on our recent trip with Hostelling International USA, I made it a point to visit the Portland Japanese Garden. After pouring over pictures for a few years, I was ready to return to my slice of Japan.
What occurred next caught me a bit off guard. Between happy tears and stunning scenery, I captured one of my best sets this year. I found my happy place. I had a moment of “oh yeah, this is why I do this.” I had a permanent smile on my face. I experienced a bit of zen.
There is one tree in particular that I had kept as my desktop picture for years; a tree that I found so whimsical, detailed, and beautiful that it was the entire reason for me heading up to the garden.
At a mere 5 feet tall, it was everything I imagined.
I had returned to Japan and my nostalgic feelings came flooding back.
Our trip to Portland was made possible by Hostelling International USA, however all opinions are my own.