A typical Japanese garden contains several of the following elements, they can be real or just symbolic, here are a few pointers although you can watch a short video on Things To Know About Japanese Gardens by clicking here: : http://youtu.be/ExKZSfbQW7o
Elements: Water, an island, possibly a bridge to an island, a teahouse or kind of pavillion and a lantern usually made of stone- you will notice on the lantern picturs that I have posted that it has a a large ‘roof’- this is designed to catch and hold a ‘cap’ of snow. Stunningly beautiful as I am sure that you can imagine!
Styles of Japanese gardens fall into a number of areas:
1) Sitting gardens- for viewing from inside a building or a veranda.
2) Pond gardens- ideally for viewing from a boat.
3) Tea gardens-these are viewed from a path which always leads to a kind of ceremonial tea hut.
4) Strolling gardens-distinctly unique and often breathtakingly beautiful, the idea is that you view them from a path which circumnavigates the entire garden design and structure.
Most Japanese gardens in the West , as well as within Japan, are ‘dry’ or ‘rock’ gardens known as ‘Karesansui’ . Tea gardens-are often designed to follow the tradition and history of the Tea masters- they are often highly refined gardens refelecting rural simplicity.
Japanese gardens in a traditional style can be found all over the world in private residences, parks, Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines. Many historical landmarks such as castles can be host to Japanese gardens too.
I have put together a short informative video on ’40 Things To Know About Japanese Gardens’
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