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Stroll through the Japanese Garden in Bloom (Video)

Enjoy a virtual walk through the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden—complete with cherry blossoms—in this extraordinary video captured by cinematographer Nic Petry of Dancing Camera.

Immerse yourself in this 18-minute journey at full screen with sound.

 

The historic garden is one of the oldest extant Japanese gardens in the United States, and its collection of cherry cultivars was in lovely bloom during filming. Petry, a specialist in moving camera techniques, conceived the piece as a way to recreate the meditative experience of walking through the garden on a glorious, early spring day.

The garden’s weeping Higan cherries can be seen swaying in the wind along the pond as the camera moves around the path lined with several varieties of camellias, artfully pruned pine trees, and fiddlehead ferns.

    Discussion

  • Catinka Knoth May 1, 2021

    Walking rour? Made me nauseous as well immediately. Could not watch. Also, huge disconnect of hearing birds from one location throughout the whole spatial area.

  • Missy April 30, 2021

    Thank you for sharing such a serene and beautiful setting.  It brought much-needed peace to my life.

  • Melissa April 20, 2021

    So beautiful. Brings to mind my childhood and my beautiful mother. Those petals on the ground would brighten a gloomy grey Oregon day….

  • Michele May 9, 2020

    The serenity of the gardens moved me, again I am calmed by the gentle essence of the bloom in all its glory.

  • Noah oxford May 8, 2020

    Beautiful!

  • Melissa May 3, 2020

    Beautiful garden. Thank you.

  • [email protected] May 3, 2020

    I loved the video. I visited the garden last spring, 2019, during the Cherry Blossom festival which was amazing! Thank you for this video, it reminds me of what I am missing in the garden this year. I appreciate all of the breathtaking beauty we get to marvel at through the video. Thanks so much.

  • Genovaite Kobelskis May 3, 2020

    So wonderful!

  • Yvonne May 2, 2020

    A beautiful gift for us all. My husband and I would always walk the gardens in March to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Hopefully we will be able to walk around the gardens again soon. The sound of the ambulances, however, remind us just where we all are right now. May we all emerge from this nightmare with a new appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us.

  • Erica Wilson May 2, 2020

    BBG is one of my favorite places in New York. Thank you for making this video and allowing us to visit while the gardens are closed. Loved the sounds and the immersive experience.

  • Yazmin B May 1, 2020

    Thank you it was lovely!! Hope to see more videos. Will watch again.

  • Charlotte May 1, 2020

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Barbara Novick April 30, 2020

    Ahhhh, so beautiful. What a wonderful way for us to visit. Thank you!

  • GC April 30, 2020

    Enjoyed with sad memories of my dear friend Betty. May her soul RIP.

  • Cathyflor April 30, 2020

    Such a beautiful, calming experience and with the addition of the birds singing. I will watch this again.

  • Eli April 27, 2020

    Thank you! This is lovely. Hope you will also make videos of the Cherry Esplanade and of what I call the “purple part” of the BBG for all to safely enjoy at home.

  • elizaduckie April 25, 2020

    Although the visuals were inherently lovely I did not enjoy the fast moving pace and constantly swinging around of the camera. I have motion sickness and this kicked in after the first few minutes and spoiled my enjoyment of the views. I would have liked this much more had it been in slo-mo and had there been spots where the camera stopped moving altogether, in order to give me a chance to take in and appreciate the view. Listening to the birds was a lovely addition, but I could have done without the sirens. All in all a nice idea, but it needs work.

  • Terry April 25, 2020

    Such a beautiful distraction from the reality of the day.

  • Gordon Juhl April 24, 2020

    I agree very relaxing and breathtaking!

  • Betty Bloom April 24, 2020

    Thank you — it made me feel as though I was walking through the gardens and as though I was actually enjoying the cherry trees in Regents Park (London).

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