With their simple, elegant beauty, the Asian culture and the associated garden art increasingly fascinate the Europeans.
The Japanese garden has its origins in China and Korea. Japanese monks who traveled to these countries brought gardening to Japan, and over the centuries many different styles of garden design were created there, and are still used today.
Water is essential to the Japanese garden
In the Land of the Rising Sun, consistent care has preserved many traditional old gardens, such as Zen gardens, pond gardens, changing gardens, viewing gardens or tea gardens. As a result, today one can visit the history of Japanese garden art in many public gardens and understand.
You can also design a Japanese garden yourself
Most Japanese gardens are based on a landscape theme, the effect of which is supported by certain garden elements. For example, by planting hills and depressions, the garden gets its basic terrain modeling. Natural stones of all kinds and straight paths give the entire garden inventory. Fences in a wide variety of varieties are mostly fast growing bamboo designed. They divide and decorate the garden and create individual garden areas. Stone lanterns are often used as decorative elements to set priorities in the garden. Even ponds with small islands and arch bridges made of wood or bamboo are special design motifs in Japanese garden art.
Japanese gardens invite to meditation
Covered seating with flat roofs and sleek, elegant huts provide protection and privacy in larger gardens. Every building in the Japanese garden looks very natural and is built from very high quality materials. In this way, beautifully composed, framed garden views arise. To encourage this effect, plants are selected that often have wild character such as pine azaleas, grasses, low bamboos, ferns, mosses and irises. The shades of green dominate. Only a few flowering varieties are used as individual highlights in Japanese gardens. But in the fall, most trees change color. The evergreens of it also structure the garden through the winter.
Japanese zen garden
A very beautiful and essential element of Japanese garden art was the water basin in the past. It was used to clean the hand and mouth, so it was the symbol of spiritual cleansing. The tea guest performed this cleansing as a ritual before entering the tea hut to attend the tea ceremony. Today, water basins are used more as a decorative element. It rarely stands alone, but is integrated into an arrangement of rocks and stepping stones, collectively called Tsukubai.
Japanese garden with wooden bridge
The Tsukubai is now designed in many small gardens as a kind of water feature. Water is fed to the pool via a bamboo tube, which then flows into a reservoir via the edge of the pool. The variety of different natural stone pools is almost limitless, although there are quite a few typical representatives. Basically, the following rule applies: Everything that is beautiful is allowed.
Japanese garden with a small pond
Instead of admiring such a garden only from afar, you can also insert one yourself to find peace and relaxation from stressful everyday life. Ideas and inspirations for your place of reflection and reflection you can draw from our beautiful picture gallery!
Japanese garden with a small hut
Tsukubai and stone lantern
Place for reflection and contemplation in your own yard
Japanese garden in front of your own house