Japanese Garden, Tatton Park, Kutsford, Cheshire, England, UK
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N 53° 19.562 W 002° 23.143
30U E 540913 N 5908716
Quick Description: A Japanese garden on the garden grounds of Tatton Manor in Knutsford.
Location: Northwest England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/23/2012 5:15:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMEPH6
A Japanese garden on the garden grounds of Tatton Manor in Knutsford, there is a charge to enter the grounds, but you can access the whole area. Its main features are:-
Joined to the Broad Walk by a rustic bridge, the island provides the transition between the English and landscape.
Adjacent to the Torri gate, the entrance to this sacred area of the garden, the shinto shrine is the only building on the island. The shrine provided a 'homing' site for visiting spirits of ancestors to return.
Almond Eye Bridge
Derived from the Chinese design the bridge was 'drawn out' to elongate the rather steep design of its origin. The result is a more pleasant shape in the form of an eye formed by the bridge's reflection in the water.
Guests were invited to wait in the area known as the waiting pavilion whilst the garden and tea ceremony were being prepared for their visit. For VIP'sd this involved the process of wetting the garden to ensure it was seen at its best.
The crane, a classic aspect of all Japanese gardens, is always seen with its partner. Respecting are, the presence of a Crane adds 1000years to a garden and to the life of anyone who gazes upon it. Flying high and being sighted, the Crane represents human spirit.
In japanese gardens, lanterns have a variety og functions as well as providing aesthetic appeal. Their principle purpose is to illuminate particular areas of the garden, especially close to bridges and water courses. Some of this garden's most interesting examples are the three conical snow lanterns, designed to trap as much snow as possible and the frog lantern located near the turtle.
Entance / Inari Fox
The main entrance to the garden forms part of a high viewing area looking down of the garden. The fox, sitting below the entrance, is Inari's messenger (the god of rice and food). Closely associated with fertility, it wears a red bib to protect against evil forces and child mortality. Although usual for these foxes to be seen in pairs, this ones partner sits in front of the shinto shrine.
Tatton's tea house was an adaptation of a Japanese mountain hut and forms the centre piece of the garden. Apart from the window at the top to allow light in, the only other window faces east (to the shinto shrine and the rising sun)
Mount Fuji, the sacred mountain of Japan, features in all Japanese gardens. The cap of white stones represents the fact that the peak of Mount Fuji is usually covered with snow.
The turtle is a common feature of Japanese gardens adding years to life and symbolising age. Turtles will always return to their roots to lay eggs invariably swimming against the tide. This is a reflection of human spirit. In order to achieve anything, one usually finds oneself swimming against the tide.
Name: Tatton Japanese Garden
Location (specific park it is located within): Tatton Park
Date of Creation: Unknown
Garden Website: Not listed
Parking Coordinates: Not Listed
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