Reporting from the Chicago Botanic Garden

Greetings from Chicago, Illinois, where your blogger for Nichi Bei Natural is braving a chilly week with the help of warm friends and family. Headed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden today for a snowy walk around the grounds, and strolled through the popular Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden.

Also known as the Sansho-En (it stretches across three islands), this garden features a vast array of creatively-pruned evergreens, with the occasional stone lantern standing here and there among the shrubbery. Quiet, beautiful, and covered in a few inches of pristine white powder, this landscape offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life — especially at this time of year. I hope that wherever you are right now, you can take a moment to enjoy a little peace such as this. In our fast-paced world, which seems only to be accelerating, it’s important to slow down once in a while.

In keeping with that spirit, I think I’d better get off this computer — but not before I leave you with this message from another Chicago Botanic Garden visitor, whose license plate I spotted in the parking lot:

About Alec Yoshio MacDonald

Alec Yoshio MacDonald is an associate editor at the Nichi Bei Weekly. His work has also appeared in Nikkei Heritage, the Pacific Citizen, Nikkei Family Magazine, the Chicago Shimpo, the East Bay Express and Hyphen Magazine. He lives in Oakland.

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