Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Serene, beautiful, welcoming and peaceful. Debbie brought up the fact that the environment plays a part in how peaceful people are…and that is so true. Living in/with nature, or in quiet and pleasant surroundings, can help people feel calmer and more relaxed. Walking through the Japanese garden is a truly lovely experience. Being there does have an impact on how people feel. They speak in hushed tones, when they speak at all. The environment fosters contemplation and a oneness with nature.