Southeast Botanical Gardens

Of course my husband leaves and i get four Friday’s off at work! Lucky me, huh? Well last Friday my friend Ashleyvette and I decided to get our butts out of our houses and explore! We chose to visit the Southeast Botanical Gardens because they are a happy medium between my house and hers! This place was closed down for a couple of years but someone decided to buy it, renovate it and open it to the public again. I am so happy they did, because this place is gorgeous! We went around 4pm, that’s why the lighting was so dreamy! 


And then a wild cattle of white bulls appeared, lol! Japan i love you more everyday!! We weren’t sure what was going on in this area but after getting home and looking through the brochure, i noticed that it’s a kids activity! They give kids paint and they go crazy painting the bulls! Weird, but kind of fun! Can you please pay attention to the Surfing Bull on the right, he was wearing hipster glasses!! enough said.
Are you prepared for this beauty? I called it a “River of Leaves”. 
The sunset was especially beautiful that day! 




We freaked out when we saw this spider and her shadow, but man this picture turned out awesome! I think after visiting the Botanical Gardens we’re sure this is where we’re going to take some pictures before the Marine Corps ball! 

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Andrea Ostler Castro

    gorgeous! it's on my list now 🙂

  • These pictures are absolutely stunning!

  • Amazing! What a beautiful garden 🙂

  • Britta

    These are gorgeous pictures! If only it was closer so I could go myself 😉

  • Wow! Looks like a beautiful time!

  • This is beautiful!!!! I can't wait to see your photos from the ball and what kind of dress are you going to be wearing?

  • Beautiful photos Laura, it looks like a special place. The painting of the bulls is such a unique idea for a childrens activity.

  • It looks amazing. I love the photos of the palm trees, what a beautiful sunset.

  • alyssa molina

    absolutely gorgeous photos Laura! I need to visit!

  • Yes!! It's kind of expensive at ¥1500 yen per person, but it was nice! There was no one around so we were able to go crazy taking pictures :)) They also have a super nice looking restaurant inside !!

  • Thanks! My friend helped to take the pictures in manual mode :)) I am so happy with how these turned out!

  • Isn't it? It was very surreal!

  • It was such a fun visit! I wish you could visit!!! :)) I'd love to play the tour guide to anyone who wants to visit 😛

  • It was super cloudy when i left home and it was even raining when i picked my friend up, but once we got there it was perfection!! That light, that sunset! :)) Great way to end the day!

  • Thanks!! :)) I got asked to partner with a bridal website and they're supposed to send me a grey, sweetheart neckline bridesmaids gown! We're taking pictures before so i can blog about the dress for them!

  • Yes! i saw the picture on the brochure and it was like a lightbulb had gone out in my brain, haha, because we could not figure out what they were!!! This place was so much fun to explore! :))

  • When we saw those palm trees we were in awe! It was perfection!! and that sunset photographed so beautifully i am so excited that i was able to capture the beauty of the botanical gardens :))

  • thanks!! I'm very proud of how they turned out!! and do visit!!! I'll be your tour guide ;D

  • Casey C

    Gorgeous place!! So green…love it. 🙂