A very few miles from the light-speed wonders of Silicon Valley is the timeless beauty of Hakone Gardens. Every time I’ve gone to film there, usually cranked up on caffeine and racing against a tight schedule, my heart-rate slows and so do I. Then, pretty quickly, I feel as if my edges are no longer sharper than my senses. The garden’s sheer physical beauty and the serenity of its purpose always work their magic on me. If I can’t easily get to old Japan in an afternoon, I can, fortunately, get to Hakone. When I leave to drive back to our frenetic future, I typically transition as slowly as I can by stopping in the beautiful downtown of Saratoga next door for a bite to eat and a short walk by its shops. Saratoga is a good half-way house between the calm waters of Hakone and the class-five rapids of Silicon Valley.