Zen garden draws local visitors

Visitors admiring the garden located beside The 12 Waves warehouse in Batu Kawan, Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

You may dream of going to Japan but the overseas travel ban under the recovery movement control order (MCO) has made it impossible to do so, at least for now.

However, fret not as a logistics company has brought Japan to Penangites when it recently opened its own Japanese garden to the public for the first time.

Known as The Nature Walk, the garden is located at The 12 Waves warehouse within the vicinity of the Batu Kawan technology hub and owned by PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd.

PKT Logistics general manager Jasmon Lim said the 750-metre garden was purposely built in a Japanese Zen style beside The 12 Waves warehouse.

“It’s something that we want to share with the local community here and give them the experience for free, ” he said when met at the warehouse.

Visitors enjoy the atmosphere of the Japanese Garden in the 12 Waves at Batu Kawan, Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

He said the construction of The Nature Walk, dubbed the longest Japanese garden in Malaysia, began in March 2018 and was completed in August last year.

“The garden was finally ready in January this year after the last pavilion was installed at the garden.

“What makes the garden unique is it features 118 Tacoma trees that mimic Sakura trees in Japan, which invoke a feeling of being in Japan itself, ” said Lim.

Lim said the garden was inspired by PKT Logistics group chief executive and managing director Datuk Michael Tio and designed by Japanese architect Masaki Kumagai.

Visitors enjoy the atmosphere of the Japanese Garden in the 12 Waves at Batu Kawan, Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

Fronting the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge, the garden also features a Mori Forest, a Koi Pond, a Tea House, a waterfall and a padi plantation.

Members of the public had, from July 23 to 26, experienced the serenity of the Japanese garden right in their own backyard in conjunction with the Farmers Night Market held at The 12 Waves in Batu Kawan.

With only a token that was obtained with purchase from stalls at the Farmers Night Market, the public were able to experience the calming sound of water flowing through a canal and take a selfie at the custom-built Japanese tea house in the garden.

Visitors at the new night market in the 12 Waves at Batu Kawan. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

Lim said there were about 35 stalls operating at the night market during the four-day event.

He added that the company was planning to organise more events at The 12 Waves every month to give the public a feel of the Japanese experience.

The public can contact The 12 Waves at 017-4868677 for a tour at The Nature Walk.