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The Zen of Japanese Gardening by VeresJanan ,  Jan 3, 2013
The Zen Art of Japanese Gardening

Japanese gardens are traditional gardens that create miniature idealized landscapes, often in a highly abstract and stylized way.[1] The gardens of the Emperors and nobles were designed for recreation and aesthetic pleasure, while the gardens of Buddhist temples were designed for contemplation and meditation.

Japanese garden styles include karesansui, Japanese rock gardens or zen gardens, which are meditation gardens where white sand replaces water; roji, simple, rustic gardens with teahouses where the Japanese tea ceremony is conducted; kaiyū-shiki-teien, promenade or stroll gardens, where the visitor follows a path around the garden to see carefully composed landscapes; and tsubo-niwa, small courtyard gardens.

Stunning Japanese Gardens Around the World

Honbo Garden – Osaka, Japan | Photograph by 63highland

Japanese Gardens can be found at private homes, in neighborhood or city parks, and at historical landmarks such as Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and old castles around the world. In Japanese culture, garden-making is a high art, intimately related to the linked arts of calligraphy and ink painting. Japanese gardens were first developed under the influences of the distinctive and stylized Chinese gardens.

The tradition of Japanese gardening was historically passed down from sensei to apprentice. In recent decades this has been supplemented by various trade schools [Source: Wikipedia]. Below you will find a stunning collection of 20 beautiful Japanese Gardens around the world. Enjoy!

2. Japanese Garden – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photograph by LUIS ARGERICH

3. Ryoan-Ji Zen Garden – Kyoto, Japan

Photograph by JAIME PEREZ

4. Japanese Garden – Cowra, Australia

Photograph by JOHN O’NEILL

5. Ritsurin Garden – Takamatsu, Japan

Photograph by 63highland

JAPANESE GARDENS – TYPICAL FEATURES

A catalogue of features “typical” of the Japanese garden may be drawn up without inquiring deeply into the aesthetic underlying Japanese practice. Typical Japanese gardens have at their center, a home from which the garden is viewed. In addition to residential architecture, depending on the archetype, Japanese gardens often contain several of these elements:

- Water, real or symbolic - A bridge over the water, or stepping stones - Rocks or stone arrangements (or settings) - A lantern, typically of stone - A teahouse or pavilion - An enclosure device such as a hedge, fence, or wall of traditional character

Source: Wikipedia

6. Monte Palace Tropical Garden (Stone Lanterns) – Madeira, Portugal

Photograph by JONATHAN GROBE & HANNES GROBE

7. Daizen-Ji Zen Rock Garden – Kyoto, Japan

Photograph by CHRIS & SUYEN SELKE

8. Japanese Tea Garden – San Francisco, United States

Photograph by J. ASH BOWIE

9. Ginkau-Ji Zen Garden – Kyoto, Japan

Photograph by KAISER TIA

10. Korakuen Garden – Okayama, Japan

Photograph by 63highland

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