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Japanese Garden Oasis @ RIT

Helmer’s says, “One of the most common ways that Americans interact with the visual is through their experience of scenery and landscape.”  Given this statement combined with our exercise on iconic analysis, I couldn’t help but immediately think of this little oasis on campus.  It is the Japanese garden located the quad corner by Eastman and Gannett Halls.  It is conveniently located just outside my office and if one takes a seat on a nearby rock, the newly installed waterfall can drown out nearby activity, and thanks to the trees and landscape, one can almost feel as though the rest of RIT does not exist.  This is nice to have when the work day is getting a little annoying.  Because it has been here at least as long as I have and I admire it, I find it iconic for RIT.  In fact I prefer it to represent RIT more so than some of the other iconic features of campus as it is natural and not abstract.





I truly love this Japanese Garden. As a fellow RIT employee and graduate student, I frequent this garden often to escape the office noise as well as the computer screen. I look forward to sitting on the boulders that serve as rocks when I want to stay out of sight and get some reading done. I always wonder, where do the fish come from and who puts them in there?


I was told that FMS takes care of the koi over the winter!


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