The very opposite of Zen in BsAs…

For those who do not know, Buenos Aires (or BsAs) has a Japanese garden. The Wikipedia entry on it says this:

The Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens (Spanish: Jardín Japonés) are a public space administered by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation and are one of the largest gardens of its type in the World, outside of Japan.

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Now, one of the things that you can be sure about a Japanese garden is that at it has certain elements to enhance the peacefulness and tranquility of the garden in line with that Zen feeling that it is supposed to evoke.

Water, maybe with some Koi for luck

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Flowers, maybe like Irises growing along the water margains

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Certainly cherry blossom

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Together, it might look something like this… And I know you are starting to feel the tranquility already…

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But….

This is Argentina, not Japan.

A bit of a clue in this epitome of a Japanese garden – the tea room.

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Did you spot it? The electric coffee maker?

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This garden, at the weekends at least, takes on a life very much its own when the youth of Buenos Aires come to see and be seen by absolutely everyone darling!, and what better way to be noticed in a Japanese garden than to dress as Japanese cartoon characters and wander round with their friends who are similarly attired to pose in groups, in pairs and single for photographs – it matters not who is taking the photograph so long as the lens is pointing at them – even if it means posing with complete strangers (like us!) – any lens is a compliment not lightly passed by.

With all the work that has gone into looking THIS good… Who wouldn’t want their picture taken…

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So the question is: does it have an effect on those who go to enjoy the gardens? Well, it would appear so…

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But Zen? Ermmmmmmm…

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