Sarah P. Duke Gardens’ iconic red bridge is named the Meyer Bridge. The bridge is located over the large pond in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum and is a favorite spot for visitors to pause for photos and gaze at the beauty around them. It was recently redesigned, along with the surrounding landscape, to become the official entrance to the Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Japanese Pavilion and Garden,
A “torii” is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to sacred. Image circa 1985.
We will now transition from Japan to other places in the world ……
A sense of balance in a Japanese garden with uneven stepping-stones to cross the water. Image from 1985 converted from slide to digital format.
Japanese architecture has traditionally been typified by wooden structures, elevated slightly off the ground, with tiled or thatched roofs. Sliding doors were used in place of walls, allowing the internal configuration of a space to be customized for different occasions. People usually sat on cushions or otherwise on the floor, traditionally; chairs and high tables were not widely used until the 20th century.
Image circa 1985.
A Japanese street vendor selling wares to a customer. Circa 1985.
A formal portrait of a Japanese wedding party. Circa 1985.
A newly married Japanese couple dressed in traditional garb. Circa 1985.