About Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens are one of the wonders of nature and a true personification of spirituality. A perfect Japanese garden is the epitome of beauty and appearance. Types of Japanese Gardens
There are five different styles of these gardens, mentioned below:
  • Tea Gardens
  • Flat Gardens
  • Natural Gardens
  • Strolling Gardens
  • Sand and Stone Gardens
Japanese Gardens Basics - The Required Items
Like any garden, these gardens require some elements for it to flourish. The most important one is common to all gardens, namely water. Water is reflected upon as a symbol of purity in Japanese gardens. Other common elements include stone, trees, and plants that essentially give the garden its true look. Some people take a step further and add a beautiful waterfall to their garden. It makes the garden look more appealing and breathtaking.
Bridges in particular create a scenic look for a garden. Another good idea is to use lanterns to keep the garden illuminated at night.

Garden Landscape Architecture - East vs. West
If you are looking for a garden that is truly unique in every way, then Japanese gardens would be an excellent choice to pick. I find Japanese gardens fascinating, I have visited Japan twice once in 1998 and again in 2002. Japanese gardens are simple yet amazing, I particularly like the small Japanese gardens and this is what I am going to be writing about here.

Japanese gardens are very much about nature and a natural looking garden is considered to be the 'ideal' garden. So don't add one to your small Japanese garden. You should never create or add something to your garden that nature its self cannot.
Rocks are one of the most common things used in Japanese gardens especially the smaller ones. I love how the Japanese feel that they have to separate there small garden from the outside world. There are basically 5 types of components that should be included in small Japanese gardens.

Rock or Ishi - As I said above rocks are the foundations of Japanese gardens. Water or Mizu - Water is calming and is a great way to make the garden look natural. Plants or Shokobutsu - Plants do play a secondary role to rocks and water in Japanese gardens unlike gardens from other cultures. Like water plants are said to have a meaning in Japanese gardens which is to remind us of each and every season passing away.

Ornaments or Tenkebutsu - lanterns are often used in Japanese gardens particularly smaller Japanese gardens. These ornaments add an added interest to traditional Japanese gardens.
Borrowed or Shakkei - This is usually something from outside the garden. If you have a small garden which is in a sunny location I highly recommend that you look into making a Japanese garden.

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