Japanese Gardens encourage quiet contemplation but may also have been originally designed for’display’ purposes as most contain rare plant species and unusual rocks. These rocks have a historical meaning in Japanese gardens. According to legend stones are actual beings with spirits that must be treated with respect. Hence their intrinsic importance in a Japanese Garden. They have other meanings too. To find out more about Japanese Gardens go to www.japzengardens.org.
Tomorrow I will be talking about ‘Water’ in Japanese gardens.