Japanese Garden: The 5 Elements Of It

5 Elements Of The Japanese Garden

Japan has had a long and exciting history, which cannot be expressed through words alone. Many artists thought about making the story of Japan felt through Japanese garden.

Japanese gardens were not just a creation made out of artistic desire. An interesting trivia about Japanese gardens is that there is one for each generation.

It was created to represent an era or dynasty so that the people of tomorrow can experience both the positive and negative encounters Japan felt during a significant period.

Many of the Japanese gardens built from the ancient times had already been destroyed and yet restored. There are also several Japanese gardens created during the modern era, and right now, many artists continue to add to the number of Japanese gardens on the list.

As far as traditions are concerned, there are three types of Japanese gardens such as the rock garden, hill and pond garden, and lastly the tea garden. There are more Japanese gardens than we can count.

And while we cannot wholly emulate these Japanese gardens that have always been a wondrous sight from the ancient times until now, it would be nice to have our version of Japanese gardens at home. With that said, here are five elements of Japanese gardens you can use to build your flower patch.

1. Water

5 Elements Of The Japanese Garden

For Japanese families, a garden is not merely an element of design for a home. It is also a place where the Japanese would spend time in silence and solitude so they can reflect and meditate on their day. It helps them think clearly and objectively.

Water plays a significant role in a Japanese garden because it symbolizes calmness, renewal, continuity, wonder, and the hereafter.

Water also contributes to a more practical role in a Japanese garden. For one thing, it helps keep the air fresh throughout the summer.

In a Japanese garden, water is found in many forms. You will usually see it in various degrees and elevations, generally in the form of rocks placed on top of each other. The purpose of this is to keep the water flowing in a particular direction.

The placement of the rocks and water are based on the orientation of the sun so that it will reflect precisely on the clear water.

2. Stones

5 Elements Of The Japanese Garden

As you may have guessed, stones and water are interconnected. If you have already seen a Japanese garden before, you may know that the rocks and water are placed together, most of the time.

Rock balancing is a philosophical concept that is present in almost every Japanese garden. It represents omnipresence and duration. The Japanese believed that these stones or rocks

the garden grounded to the earth.

Stones are a significant element of design in a Japanese garden because it can produce hills and valleys, thus giving birth streams, cascades, and ponds.

3. The Bridge 

5 Elements Of The Japanese Garden

As we have mentioned, the Japanese garden is a sanctuary. It’s a place of reflection and deep thinking. So ordinarily, bridges are symbolic of a Japanese garden.

Bridges are installed at the center of the garden so people can linger and admire its beauty, watch the swimming fishes, and feel the breeze of the wind on their face.

4. Plants

5 Elements Of The Japanese Garden

A Japanese garden will not be complete without the flowers and trees that make it such a pleasant sanctuary, not only for the Japanese but also for mixed races.

The Japanese are quite good at interpreting the charms and beauty of flowers into emotional expressions.

Their commune with nature is a tradition, which is why their interest in plants has become an inner passion.

Plants move along with the direction of the wind. This is why it is associated with universal forms of life and moving thoughts.

5. Lotus Flowers

5 Elements Of The Japanese Garden

The lotus flower is considered to be a sacred plant in Japanese culture. You will usually find it resting at the center of the pond. Sometimes dubbed as the “flower of Buddha,” the Japanese believed it to be an excellent companion for contemplation.

Also, with its delicate shades, having a lotus flower in your Japanese garden is quite a sight for family and visitors coming over this Christmas.

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