The gardens were spectacular and the museum and art exhibition were really interesting. Morikami remains the nation's only museum dedicated to Japanese living culture, and it's 16 acres of gardens are recognized among the finest outside of Japan.
"The Shishi Odoshi or 'Deer Chaser' consists of a swinging bamboo arm that collects water and once filled, strikes a rock basin below. The distinct sound of bamboo striking stone is meant to startle animals that have wandered into the garden". We could certainly use one of these in our gardens at home to scare off the critters that try to steal our veggies, eat our berries, or destroy our flowers! A safe, pesticide free deterrent.
There are no signs in Roji-en, the Garden of the Drops of Dews, to identify the various plants, trees, and flowers. The reason is that the garden is a Japanese garden, not a botanical one. The brochure states that "The visitor's experience is meant to be a restorative one, free from the potential distraction of signs and labels beyond the bare minimum to guide guests through the garden." There is a library on the premises for visitors who want to know more about the various plant species in the Roji-en.
Hoti, the resident god of happiness, is an unexpected surprise that greets visitors along the way.