i've posted in the past about balboa parks' beautiful japanese tea garden – but this week they opened the new 9-acre expansion to the public. i took my time going through the walkways and talking to the volunteers working there. it has two years ahead of it; building a new tea pavilion along the waterfront as well as other construction projects. but i was still impressed. i took some iphone photos along my journey (in the future i'll go back and take some with my canon, so this will have to do for now!).