Sasha Brookes - 21st May 2011
Ever wanted to learn more about water gardens? Read this article!
One of the most popular and beautiful landscapes is a Japanese water garden. A traditional Japanese Garden strives
to capture nature in its most beautiful of settings and the water garden combines all aspects of nature in to one,
scenic landscape. Many Americans who have a pond on their land will try to make the surrounding area in
to a water garden. To capture the true essence of a water garden, nature must be the highlighted theme.
Through a water garden, the true beauty nature is presented so that those who experience the garden can
connect with its natural setting.
In a water garden, the common Japanese Garden feature of stone is present heavily throughout the garden.
Surrounding the aquatic feature of the garden are usually stones carefully placed to create a pattern. This careful
tactic to highlight the water in the garden is what separates this type of Japanese Garden from most. Water is a
main feature in all Japanese Gardens but a water garden only focuses on water, no other plants. Koi Ponds are a
common form of Japanese water garden that is very popular throughout that the world. This form of water garden
usually contains a filter that helps keep the water clear so the fish can been seen, adding to its scenic aspect.
Gold fish are a popular type of fish that are common in Koi Ponds and other types of water gardens.
During the Heian era (785-1184), the book Sakuteiki was written to instruct future Japanese Buddhist water
gardeners. This book described the water garden as “heaven on earth” so that those who construct a water garden
will make it an ideal place in nature. Water gardens were taken to a new level when tea ceremonies became a more
significant part of Japanese culture. No other culture has the same guidelines in creating a water garden like the
Japanese and this is what separates their water gardens from others through the world.
After the Heian era, the water garden was not held in high as regard as previous years. This is when the
traditional Japanese Gardens made their rise and focused on rocks and sand. Water was replaced by sand and rocks to
turn Japanese gardening in to a more meditational place. Once the water garden rose in significance again, it was
here to stay thanks to the tea ceremony which reintroduced the water aspect in to all of Japanese
Through the flow of water, the water garden became a place of relaxation where the mind and body can be cleared. As
time went on, the modern water garden continued to evolve through many features added to create a more scenic
landscape. The wooden bridge was introduced to add another element to the water garden that reminds those who walk
over it that the path taken to reaching your goal is far more important than reaching the goal. This is just one
culturally significant feature of the Japanese water garden that has raised water gardens to new levels in recent
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