What to put in a Japanese garden

Zen Gardens ….Serene And Perfect Beauty….Our Latest Japanese Garden Podcast

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If you ever wondered why a Zen garden is like it is OR what they mean and their historical background then my monthly Podcast should interest you as the latest episode is all about Japanese Zen gardens or Karesansui gardens as they are known in Japan. You can listen to it for free ( of course!) by clicking on the player below:


Zen gardens come in all shapes and sizes but follow very rigid principles.

They can be built in a large or small space and are ideal for meditation. Peaceful sanctuaries in a hurly burly world.

The smallest one that I have seen was actually so tiny that it fitted in an egg shell! Other Zen gardens that you may have seen include the small desktop ones that people like to have to keep them stress free at work for example.

Nice as they may appear it is much better to make a Japanese style garden in a slightly bigger space.

In Zen gardens wooden dowling rakes create swirls and shapes that are used to create the illusion of water in ‘dry’ water lakes and seas usually made of sand or gravel.

Zen gardens typically imitate actual landscapes. You will see from the picture above how the land and ‘sea’ replicate an actual panorama of landscape. Sometimes in Japanese gardening this principle is used and it is called ‘Borrowed scenery’ – the copying of real or for that matter imaginary landscapes.

Got a small area in your yard or a roof terrace? Why not create your own ‘Zen’ space? It’s easier to do than you think!


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The Elements Of Japanese Gardens

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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’

Take a look :

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