Friday, April 19, 2013

Japanese Gardens

I could visit a few gardens as well. Japanese gardens differ from Western style gardens.
The form, which might be considered as most alien, is the stone garden. Small pebbles are raked into wave patterns. Sometimes islands of rocks and moss are in between the waves of the ocean.

Here's a picture of Ryoanji (龍安寺), perhaps the most famous of all stone gardens.
As I've made the picture in 1975, please excuse the poor quality.

Here's another example

But this is my favourite garden of this kind for this year :-)

You will find lots of asymmetric forms, stones, moss, evergreens, and winding paths

Stone lantern and flowing water

A landscape en miniature

Water at Ginkakuji (銀閣寺)

This form of garden I'd call garden meets park

Other blogposts about this travel to Japan:

Graveyards in Japan
Kimono and Traditional Dress  
High Tech Toilets in Japan  
The Kinkakuji in Kyoto  
Shinkansen (新幹線)  
Japan and Garbage  
Small Shrines Along the Road
Cherry Blossoms (桜の花)  

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