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The use of stones and rocks in a Japanese or Zen garden is an essential element. the rules governing their useage are ancient and plentiful. So what I plan to do in this post is give you a basic overview.
We have to remember that Japanese gardens are an artform that date back over 2,000 years and this history and acquired skills over that period of time make it a reasonably easy thing to learn.
To achieve that classic look of order and serenity there asre a few things to bear in mind:
Stones and rocks are symbolic representations of real or mythical land forms. the first stone grouping to be introduced into Japanese gardens was the ‘Shumisen’ – a collection of stones, where the Buddha lives in the main central stone and his disciples are the smaller stones around the Buddha.
Chinese legend and in particular the Isles of Eternal youth made an impact in Japanese gardens in the Heian era approximately 781 to 1185 AD. these taller stones made up the group of islands. They represent the unattainable dwelling place of the Immortals. One larger stones is surrounded by 3 smaller ones. China had a very heavy influence over Japan during this period in all aspects of life.
I will post on more stone groupings tomorrow. Dont’d forget to have a really good look through the previous posts on this blog as it is full of great information for lovers of Japanese gardens.
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