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Knowing More About The Japanese Garden

Knowing More About The Japanese Garden

Whether you have outdoor land for a garden or simply an apartment balcony, you can create your own little oasis Japanese-style. The Japanese approach to landscaping and interior design is gaining popularity as people strive to create a peaceful retreat in their own homes to get away from the rush of life. You can even create your own Japanese garden indoors for a little peaceful spot.

There are many styles and themes of Japanese gardens. However, the eastern cultural aspect is best reflected in a Japanese garden. The Japanese garden has a simple design and is an ideal place for peace and meditation. It sooths all your senses and the ambience is suitable for attaining all tangible and indefinable desires. The Japanese garden is created keeping in mind nature and also by utilizing its resources.

The common ingredients in a Japanese garden are waterfalls, different stones, small plants and trees and small bridges. These elements reflect the centuries-old cultures of Buddhism, Taoist, and Shintoist philosophies give a spiritual effect to the ambience.

In a simple and common design generally, there is a bridge over a small pool or stream. This bridge provides the guests with a moment or two to relish the ambience rather than swiftly passing by. Water is the most common element in a Japanese garden. The theory that go with water is, that its flow and sound provides a healing effect and add to the beauty of the garden. There are also the sand and stone gardens that add the sense of surface and influence along with a corner for reflection, like the gardens in the Zen Monasteries.

The more you visit a Japanese garden the more will you be able to recognize the various themes of the garden? If you notice that the garden has a lot of meandering tracks and bridges, then you can guess that this garden signifies the Strolling garden. The strolling garden indicates your passage through space and compels you to relax and enjoy each item in the garden. There will be other figurative items like lanterns, lion statues and decorative fish called koi.

The other kinds of gardens are the ~Natural Garden~. Here you will notice that the vegetation consists mainly of moss. These gardens are more rugged and you will find fish and other inhabitants. There is also the ~Tea Garden~. The Tea garden is decorated with beautiful lanterns and will have a traditional tea house.

What are some ways you can create this feeling of a Japanese garden in your own home, either by landscaping or interior design? Depending on the space available, you can always start with a waterfall or small fountain that cascades over coloured rocks. Or, try nurturing a small bonsai tree indoors. Bamboo plants are becoming more popular symbols of good luck and greenery in homes.