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Keizo Hayano, Anika Ogusu and Jenny Feuerpeil write short eBooks about Japanese gardens.
Keizo Hayano, Anika Ogusu and Jenny Feuerpeil write short eBooks about Japanese gardens.

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See the original Real Japanese Garden trailer about the Happo-en and read more about it in our eBook and on our website!
http://www.japanesegardens.jp/gardens/secret/happo-en.php

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Japanese traditional plants
Ajisai - アジサイ - 紫陽花 - Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea is originally from Japan. But there are also sources that tell it's native to China and Korea too.
Height: about 1,5m
Bloom: June / July

Hydrangea is a very fascinating plant. The colour of the flowers depends on the acidity of the soil. The more it's below pH 5, the more blue the flowers become. Is it above that, the flowers become pink.
There are special fertilizers (Alaun/ Aluminium sulfate) to get the flowers deep blue. After that, you can preserve the blue with rainwater and fertilizers that have a low P-value.

Hydrangea grows in semi-shadow and full sunlight, but doesn't like long periods without water.
There are different opinions about cutting Hydrangea. Some say, better cut Hydrangea as good as never, because the buds for the next year are already growing during the flower period of this' year. But in Japan, you cut it right after the bloom or often still in autumn and it also blooms next year.
Hydrangea is not evergreen. In autumn it lets fall all its leaves.

For more information, view: https://realjapanesegardens.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/hydrangea-and-its-language/
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Reasons for traditional Japanese gardens, in consideration of religious beliefs and recreation over time.
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The most extreme form of karesansui is neither using plants nor rocks.
A good example is the garden of Daisen-in where two cones are building the only accents in a sea of gravel.
http://www.japanesegardens.jp/gardens/famous/daitoku-ji-and-daisen-in.php
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Review: Koishikawa Korakuen E-Book
Review: Koishikawa Korakuen E-Book
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From time to time you can find Japanese garden related items in our special shop on our website.
There are still beautiful postcards of the Golden Pavilion available. Have a look!

https://gum.co/kinkakujipostcard
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See the original Real Japanese Garden trailer about the Shoren-in and read more about it in our eBook and on our website!
http://www.japanesegardens.jp/gardens/secret/shoren-in.php

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Japanese traditional plants.
Satsuki - サツキ - 皐月 - Rhododendron indicum
Satsuki azalea is native to the mountains of Japan, where it grows on rocks near small mountain rivers. It needs an acid soil.
In Japan one sees Cultivars in full sun and not often in shady places.
Satsuki blooms from May to June.
They are commonly used as a subject in bonsai and many bonsai enthusiasts love them.
Picture: Satsuki bloom in Imperial Palace garden, Tokyo.
For more information, see our eBook:

http://www.japanesegardens.jp/explanations/auspicious-plants-in-japanese-gardens.php
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Here at RJG we are introducing Japanese gardens to people who are already studying them for years, but we also want to gain an understanding by those who are just starting.
Some blogs by our former intern Jasmine might be interesting especially for beginners.
Jasmine is exploring some interesting questions she came up with while studying at RJG.
https://realjapanesegardens.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/a-brief-look-into-the-history-and-concept-of-a-traditional-japanese-garden/
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