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JAPANESE GARDENS


Look at a Japanese 'Zen' garden and you feel a comforting wave of calm wash over your soul. Why?
It's all about a spiritual sense of place that is historically linked to the Japanese culture. Garden design in Japan is connected to the philosophy and religion of the country. Buddhism, Taoism and Shinto all bring a spiritual sense to a garden. This encourages people to be peaceful and meditative. Even back in the 7th century, garden makers were trying to capture the landscape and replicate it in miniature. Aristocratic and shogan gardens were created in front of mansions. They provided a setting for poetry and official ceremonies. 

 
There were strict guidelines and rules in Japanese Garden Making:
The garden should feel natural and should appear to have grown without human intervention.
Garden spaces should be asymmetrical, as in nature.
Plant numbers should be odd as this supports the effect of asymmetry.
Japanese gardens should be simple. 'Less is more'.
Triangular shapes should form the composition for stones and plants
There should be a contrast between elements, thereby creating a little 'tension'.
Curves create a softness that is essential to Japanese gardens.
There needs to be a 'flow' which interacts between the different elements

There are 5 basic styles of Japanese gardens.
Hills and ponds, Dry landscapes, Tea gardens, Strolling gardens, Courtyard gardens
Enjoy the presentation. Your opinions are always welcome.

-Tony Chacko
 





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