The Difference Between Water In Japanese Gardens And Western Gardens

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Thanks for reading my Japanese gardens blog, I hope that you are having a nice weekend.

This post will give some sort of explanation as to the different use and meaning of water in Japanese gardens and normal western gardens. Both types of gardens will use water or water features such as ponds but in Japanese and Zen gardens the belief is that the garden must embrace things in general as they are in their natural sate. This means that fountains are not something that you would find in a Japanese garden as it is clearly manufactured.

The shapes of ponds must look natural for this reason too. The preferred water content of a Japanese garden will be either a stream or a waterfall and they must look and feel organic. They should have a few imperfections to give the water a ‘natural’ look.

Water is never placed in the centre of the garden- particularly ponds. these will often have larger stones within them to simulate islands. Sometimes it is common for them to have a smallish waterfall. The use of stones is always very structural and symmetrical. This also applies to the Japanese and Zen garden.

As you will know most Western gardens are quite the opposite. This is an important difference.

Japanese gardens are spiritual and a symmetrical set of features or design flies in the face of nature and it’s natural order.

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Have a good day. 


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