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Japanese gardens derive their beauty from a blending of different elements such as sand or gravel, rocks, water, ornaments (lanterns, bridges, etc.), natural plants, and the garden’s surroundings. It is a favorite style of gardening found not just in Japan but worldwide.
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Japanese gardens derive their beauty from a blending of different elements such as sand or gravel, rocks, water, ornaments (such as lanterns or water basins), natural plants, and the garden’s surroundings. Part of the beauty of Japanese gardens comes from the use of these elements for the symbolic expression of religious Shinto and Buddhist beliefs.

The design of the Japanese gardens is based on three basic principles, reduced scale, symbolization, and borrowed view. Gardens in reduced scale represent famous scenes and places in small and confined spaces. Mountain views and rivers are miniaturized using stones, sand and gravel. Symbolization is used in almost every Japanese garden. Raked sand or gravel symbolizes rivers, groupings of stones and rock can represent islands. The groupings are also often expressions of Shinto or Buddhist religious beliefs. Shakkei or borrowed view is the use of existing scenery and plants to supplement the garden. The garden design is made in such a way that the existing scenery becomes part of the total design. There are several different styles of Japanese gardens:

Tea gardens (Cha Niwa or Roji) are a passage from the outside world to the inner world of the teahouse and includes the following elements: Japanese lanteren (toro), crouching water basin (tsukubai), stepping stones (tobi ishi), and a waiting place (machi-ai).

Courtyard Gardens (Tsubo Niwa) are small gardens made in the open spaces between buildings.

Strolling gardens (Tsukiyama and Kaiyu Shikien) are large landscape gardens that often reproduce an existing landscape on a smaller scale.

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Instructions for Posting a Japanese Gardens Waymark:
Required information is:
  • the garden name,
  • its specific location (if it is part of a larger garden or arboretum),
  • the city it is located in,
  • any fees required to see the garden,
  • and a photo of a panoramic view of the garden to be seen on the detail page of the waymark.
Optional, but important information to post is:
  • the garden designer,
  • date of creation (if known,
  • a list any special elements found within the garden (a bridge, pagoda, teahouse, etc.),
  • and the website associated with the garden.
  • A second photographs of a special element of the garden is much appreciated.

Please do your best to provide a well rounded, researched description of your waymark.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To help give a different perspective and to better the waymark for future visitors please tell us about your visit and upload a favorite photograph you took while visiting the garden. Although visiting this waymark in person is the only thing required of you to receive credit for your visit, taking the time to add this information is greatly appreciated.
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Japanese GardensJapanese Garden on Mirror Lake - Buffalo, NY

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Delaware Park is the home of this Japanese Garden, completed in 1974.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman

location: New York

date approved: 9/17/2006

last visited: 10/8/2012

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Japanese GardensKariya Park

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A hidden gem in Mississauga's downtown.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member northernpenguin

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 8/21/2008

last visited: 9/20/2010

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NWNW128.1 km

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Japanese GardensDavid G Porter Japanese Garden - Guelph, Ontario

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A small peaceful japanese garden at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member J.A.R.S.

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 8/8/2006

last visited: 3/15/2007

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