Descanso Gardens (continued)
Situated within the Oak Forest and surrounded by the tranquil effects of water and dozens of colorful koi fish is the Japanese teahouse. Giant pink azalea plants delicately surround the koi pond. The design of the teahouse is authentic, including the imported blue tile roof. The red Shinto Bridge used to cross the stream in front of the teahouse is called "The Smiling Bridge." Black, orange, and white koi fish, known as living jewels, leisurely circle in the small pools that surround the teahouse.
Halfway through the walking tour of the grounds I found myself trying to figure out how I could possibly stay undiscovered for a week or longer. Maybe the groundskeepers wouldn't find me for weeks. In any case, I had my camera to record the beauty of my trip.