I made an impromptu visit to the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, yesterday. The rain finally had stopped for a few hours, and I decided to take advantage of the sunny skies. Although most of the leaves had fallen as a result of the recent storm, the garden was still beautiful, with raindrops clinging to the branches and a bit of color left behind.
In the pavillion is the Mottainai: The Fabric of Life exhibition. "Mottainai" is Japanese for "waste nothing." These utilitarian garments were stitched, patched and restitched into incredibly beautiful works of art. The show closes on Sunday, so you only have today and tomorrow to get there. It's worth the trip.