This is the Japanese Maple Tree at the Portland Japanese Garden. The Portland Japanese garden has been proclaimed the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, and a short walk around the garden will tell you why. The maple tree has greater symbolism among Japanese culture, embodying grace and serenity, among other things.
I've lived in the NYC area for about 19 years now, from Queens to East Village, to finally mid Long Island. It's sad how little pictures I have of both the places, but I'm working on it.
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