Fresh Homes: The Japanese Gardens, a Miniature Version of Nature.

Fresh Homes: The Japanese Gardens, a Miniature Version of Nature.

Fresh Homes: The Japanese Gardens, a Miniature Version of Nature.

The Japanese Gardens have existed for hundreds of years and combine simple, natural elements such as water, stone, sand and plants to create a peaceful, zen-like sanctuary. The way these various elements are used in relation to each other causes a miniature version of nature. The designs of these gardens are based on three principles: reduced scale, symbolization, and appropriation of the landscape.

Rocks Gardens

Without water, stones and sand gardens portray scenes of views of mountains and rivers. Sand and gravel rake in careful patterns to symbolize rivers, while rocks represent mountains. Grouping can be done randomly or in patterns but tradition says that stones should be placed in odd numbers. Placing these gardens in the existing landscape causes the illusion of seeing the mountains from a distance.

You do not need a large outdoor space to add a stone garden to your home. Below you can see an enclosed space of rock garden in this house that unifies the living space with nature. Consider the care patterns in the sand and how they create the illusion of a river. If you are looking for something smaller, you can buy the desktop rock garden that you will see later, which you can find and buy online. Moss Gardens

It was even more fun for him when we started mixing different colors. “What will happen when we mix blue and red mixed together?”
It was even more fun for him when we started mixing different colors. “What will happen when we mix blue and red mixed together?”

Another common element is a bridge. They are used to connect the earth so one can move freely around the garden. Bridges can be made of wood or stone and can be simple or elaborate. Note some of the bridges in the following photos, they are bright red, while some are unadorned stones.

Shishi-odoshi: Japanese Bamboo, water feature

These unique water features are placed in the gardens to ward off birds and animals that can harm the garden. A bamboo tube is used with a water source that slides at the lighter end causing the heavier end to rise from the floor, the drain tube. When it comes again to rock, thunder is the tactic of fear.

Japanese lanterns

You can find all shapes and sizes of Japanese lanterns, but they are usually always created in stone. They are carefully placed in the garden in certain locations, usually on the islands or next to important buildings, to provide light and add beauty to the space.

Creating a Japanese garden in your home does not require one large amount of space, but only requires the use of these elements, no matter how large or small it may be.

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