Tranquil And Beautiful Japanese Garden
The growing fascination with Oriental culture has led many garden aficionados to consider creating a Japanese garden. These gardens are meant to suggest harmony and create tranquility in your surroundings. Aiming to capture nature in the most innate way, these gardens are unique because they have been influenced by various chapters of Japanese history and also Shinto, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. The exacting tradition, linked to the related and equally disciplined arts of calligraphy and Japanese ink brush painting, is historically passed down from sensei, or master, to apprentice. There are three main principles of Japanese garden. The first is that the garden is intended to be a complete, miniaturized landscape. All the elements in garden should relate to each other, creating a whole that can be ideally viewed from different directions. The second principle is to incorporate the garden into the existing landscape and plants rather than the other way around. Third, symbolism is very important, with each element having a meaning. For example, sand is often used to symbolize water.
There also basic elements characteristic of Japanese garden. These include water, whether a pond, stream, or filled basin, a bridge or stepping stones, and plants. Other elements include arrangements made from rocks, stones, and sand. Lanterns, tea houses, or pavilions are also common design features. Finally, all gardens are enclosed by walls, hedges, or fences.