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Today, as promised I am posting the second piece of information on landscaping in Japanese gardens.
The second kind of landscaped Japanese garden is Karensansui or in English a dry Japanese garden. these more often than not are associated with people who practice Zen Buddhism- vegatation is kept to a minimum if not completely omitted. the principle elements are rocks and sand, the rocks used to symbolise Japanese islands.
The sand is usually raked in circular motions to replicate the sea. These gardens are to be viewed from one fixed area to appreciate their calmness and simple beauty.
The third and final example of Japanese garden landscaping is the Chaniwa. These date back to the 1300’s and it’s principle feature will be a pathway of ‘stepping stones’ leading to a Tea house. Chaniwa means Tea room, hence the name of the garden.
Chaniwa gardens are supposed to make visitors experience peace and solitude and often have stone water basins for guests to bathe their hands before and after taking Tea. They are often private gardens and not open to the public as they are places for meditation. They are unique to Japanese culture.
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