Across the street from the arboretum, at the end of Azalea Way, lies the Japanese Garden. We took advantage of our Senior-ness, and got a discounted pair of $4 tickets. Featuring flowers, trees, shrubs, ponds and ornaments from Japan, the gardens are a serene place for contemplation. If you don't mind the boisterous, three-foot Koi fish sharing the pond with some turtles.
Ornamental pagoda and waterfall
6-Tatami-mat Tea Room
Koi feeding happily after winter of inactivity
Ornamental lantern near the pond
After all that, we found a New-Age-Thai-Fusion restaurant (West Coast, you know.) and had a delicious Crispy Chili lunch (which turned out to be chicken) and a nice Chang beer. Time for a nap.