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Real Japanese Gardens
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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Have you visited Tokyo Imperial Palace Ninomaru Gardens yet? Here is a small introduction video during Satsuki azalea and Iris bloom season :)

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Discipline in smaller details in Japanese gardens.
I got an e-mail via our website about the small details in Japanese gardens. The writer visited Kyoto and was fascinated by the greater view of the gardens, but when he watched from close, it was far from the perfection he expected. He also asked for gardens in Kyoto or Tokyo, where he could find the perfection in detail like excellent pruning of the shrubs. Why not answering the questions on our blog?
Read the article here:

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Finally a new eBook!
Do you know Tonogayato teien in the outskirts of Tokyo?
It is a small hidden gem you should not miss!

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View our new eBook Trailer about the Tonogayato teien in Tokyo!
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Our intern Aliya visited Rikugien in Tokyo last weekend.
Here is her video of the garden.

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Garden Stones.
The secret of the art of arranging stones in an artificial landscape is to make them appear as if natural forces had placed them in position. A general rule exists that no stone should be utilized which is larger at the top than at the base, and though it would not be difficult to find violations of this law, the exceptions usually present certain extenuating circumstances. The object of such a rule being to create an impression of stability and repose, it no longer applies if the rock or boulder be flanked by a cliff or hill, or if its overhanging portion be supported by a companion stone.
-Landscape gardening in Japan, Kinchiro Honda.
Picture: Ryōan-ji, Kyoto

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Something about stone settings.
Have you ever mentioned a stone between the waterfall and the pond/island in some Japanese gardens? The stone could be big or small size. There is a Chinese legend behind of this tradition- when carp swim up waterfalls they become a dragon. The stone symbolizes a carp trying to swim up the waterfall to represent power and strength and transformation.
Picture: Kinkaku-ji garden, (The Golden Pavilion), Carp stone, Kyoto
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Do you know what is Hanafuda?
Hanafuda are flower cards for Japanese card games. There are twelve suits, representing months; each is designated by a flower.
Seasons are the main theme in the Japanese culture. There is always a blossom season of one of these plants in Japan. So people can visit gardens every month to enjoy it :)

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Japanese garden Lanterns. Part 2
Garden Lanterns are used singly in combination with rocks, Shrubs, trees, fences, and water-basins. It is an imperative rule that they should harmonize in scale and character with the adjacent buildings and with the magnitude and elaboration of the garden. The usual position selected are:-at the base of a hill, on an island, on the banks of a lake, near a well, and at the side of a water-basin. The primary intention of introducing such lanterns into landscape gardening is not to illuminate the grounds, but to form architectural ornaments contrasting agreeably with the natural features. For example, the idea of placing them on the border of a lake or stream is that their reddish light may be reflected in the water.
- Landscape gardening in Japan, Kinchiro Honda.
Picture: Stone Lantern in Happo-en garden, Tokyo.
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