My dad in law has a dog called Tessie who really likes to chew on things, and because I really like Tessie, I often bring her tennis balls which she destroys in minutes. I like watching her do that. All in all, there is a lot of liking between us, and therefore I come up with these sweet little things to say to her while I watch her chew. That's how chew chew bamboo came about, or at least I think so. I even designed and ordered a hooded jumper from Zazzle saying chew chew bamboo. It's my thing.
Tessie doesn't have anything to do with the Hakone Gardens, though. I just saw the bamboo Instagram and made some odd connection. The other titling option was "bambookeh", but since there's no bokeh in this bamboo Instagram, it wouldn't have worked. Not that it makes any difference whatsoever to you, anyway.
Saratoga Village is reminiscent of Carmel, only not nearly as cutesy or pricey. It has a view to the mountains instead of a beach, otherwise its main street provides similar tacky art and overpriced food. I am guessing that if I lived there, I would go mad with boredom in exactly a week.
The "Kitty and Bear were Here" is a rare opportunity for me to see my own feet. It's getting hard these days to do so.
A set of personal shots from the Gardens - here.
A set of artistic shots from the Gardens - here.