|Because most cafes have carved dragons and birds around their doorways.|
|Taco rice and caramel latte. Yum!|
|Scary habu sake!|
We stepped outside into a beautiful terraced garden full of statues and waterfalls. Among all the blooming flowers were intricate statues, tiny coy ponds, or hidden shisa dogs. There were the statues one would expect in this part of the world: a coy fish, a smiling Buddha, and a small stone pagoda. The one exception was a giant Statue of Liberty replica that looked out into the ocean. It made me feel very welcome as an American, if not somewhat confused.
After more rooms filled with wooden carvings (we couldn't help but wonder where they got all of these carvings, they looked expensive), we finally reached the roof where they kept the bonsai tree gardens. There were rows and rows of different species of bonsai that had all been meticulously pruned and wired into the correct shape. I have no idea how many hours it took to care for so many plants.
Cafe Gold Hall was amazing, and it was only around eight dollars to explore the gardens and cave. I am not sure how they collected so many interesting objects or built a cafe on such an interesting location, but I am glad they did.