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Gardening in Japan

Gardening with Refinement

Rural Japanese gardening is a careful blend of the natural beauty and functionality. The mountain ridgelines are reflected subconsciously in the curves of sculptures, roof pitch and many gardening designs.

Garden lanterns range in design from the ancient stones as seen in the natural gaden scenes the elegant sculptural construction seen on the right in a formal garden and pool. These lanterns have been used to light the garden using candles in middle the windowed module of the tower.

Gardens frequently include places to sit, places to pause and sculptural elements that capture your attention and motiate you to pause and enjoy the sights and sounds combined in the outdoor work of creative expression and natural processes.

Reflection pools are prized when the hollowed rock is a natural occurence. These little puddles are a joy not only to people, but to birds and insects who come to visit. Leaves floating provide both serendipity and creativity outlets...
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