How to Create a Japanese Garden at Home

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How would you like to have a place to feel peaceful and relaxed? It may even be downright Zen? That's what will happen when you create your own Japanese garden.


A Japanese garden is a place for reflection and meditation. This type of space was originally created as a place for Japan's ruling elite to find calm during times of war and strife. Over time it was transformed into a way of life. The idea is deeply rooted in Japanese culture.


Therefore, it's easy to understand why the Japanese garden is such a beneficial export. In a fast-paced world, things move quickly and people live stressful lives. Many people will benefit from having a place to find inspiration and unwind. Finding ways to distress are more important than ever.


While each attempt at this type of landscape is different, the theory of the Japanese garden remains consistent. Each person may have a different approach to creating their own haven of Zen.


The Basics of a Japanese Garden


There are few people in this world, around 100 to 200, who have actually created a true form of the Japanese garden. If you want to come as close as possible to a real Japanese garden or want to gain inspiration based on this type of garden, you must learn the basics.


The first type of Japanese garden to consider is a rock garden. This garden usually includes some type of sand element. This garden does not contain any water element and is meant to portray a scene of rivers and mountains. Sand gravel is raked into a pattern, meant to symbolize a river, while the rocks placed in the sand symbolize the mountains.


The next type of Japanese garden is a moss garden. Moss naturally thrives in the rainy and humid Japanese climate. Interestingly, the moss does not need much rain to flourish. This means that the moss can be incorporated into the garden in many regions. Moss gardens offer a soft and balanced feel which is meant to offer comfort to a person's burdened body and mind.


It's important to remember that while each garden is a reflection of Japanese culture, your garden can be a hybrid of the calm and Zen that speaks to you. Whether you choose a moss, rock, or even pond garden, the purpose of the garden should be clear, to help you achieve Zen.


Staying True to the Japanese Garden Culture


If your goal is to create a true Japanese garden, you'll need to take the knowledge you have about this type of garden to create a garden that stays loyal to the culture. It may be tempting to use cliché ideas of what a Japanese garden should look like, however, many of these ideas are based on Chinese culture. The addition of red bridges and red hanging flowers are based on Chinese traditions that have been mistaken for Japanese culture.


While some features may be influenced by Japanese gardens over time, you will find that a true Japanese garden does not contain bright or flashy colors. Instead, the preferable colors are based on the primary palette and monochromatic green is the preferred color. Trees such as Japanese maples may go slightly away from this premise but have been also very common in the


When it comes to adding flowers to your garden, they are not out of the question. However, you must recognize their role in the garden and their place in your journey towards Zen. The flowers can be colorful, but not distracting. Trees can be the same, hence the popularity of the Japanese maple in these gardens - beauiful but not too distracting - read more about them here. Above all, Japanese tradition calls for the flowers and trees in your garden to work towards highlighting the green elements that bring balance to the color in your garden.


In addition, the arrangement of the garden is key. The thought process behind the garden is that every little detail is a symbol. The landscape is meant to create Zen, which means everything in the garden should serve a purpose.


Keep it Small and Simple


A Japanese garden is not about size. You don't need your garden to be the best and biggest. You should not aim for glitz and glamour. The garden should be a testament to purpose and simplicity. That's why you should keep the design simple and small, which helps to create a space and final product that is peaceful.


The materials you use should incorporate simplicity. That's the first step. For example, you can use a bamboo fence around the garden's perimeter as a natural way to improve the meaning of your garden's design. A renewable resource such as bamboo can be incorporated into the natural space to create the ideal scenario for a garden.


A small stone pathway winding past concrete icons or statues may speak to your sense of Zen. This is one tactic you can incorporate to add peace to your garden space. The Japanese accept that anticipating what's waiting for the future while respecting the past, this is a long-held principle. Isn't that a beautiful way to view life?


Don't feel pressured to add a large variety of plants into the garden. Stick with two or three crawling or mossy plants. This makes your garden easier to maintain while keeping the lines simple. A garden crafted from a simple design is going to allow your mind to declutter more easily than a space bursting with plant life.


Conduct Research


Creating a Japanese garden may seem simple, however, in reality, it is an art form. You must study this type of garden if you want to perfect this art. Fortunately, Japanese gardens have been around for centuries and are loved by many. This means there are endless resources available for people who want to create a Zen oasis of their own.


Takashi Sawano authored "Creating Your Own Japanese Garden", a comprehensive look at how design has an influence on the achievement of Zen. The book covers such topics as plant placement, sand essentials, and bamboo lines. By reading this book you'll learn the meaning behind the small and important details in a Japanese garden.


There are many online resources available, such as The Japanese Garden. These resources will provide a prospective garden creator with specific details that need to be addressed before they can start creating their garden.


Finally, take the time to look at Japanese garden designs. Look at what has been done by interior design experts in the past. This is a great way to find inspiration for the future. Japanese gardens are built to create a place of inspiration and calm. What better ways it there to make sure you have a successful garden. This will allow you to have an idea of what you want in your garden before the shovel hits the ground.


The best way to start in creating a Japanese Garden and incorporating it into your home is to understand the garden's ancient foundation. In order to create Zen, you need to create a bold mix of tradition and culture. This means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a look at your garden from a different angle.


While it takes time to get a work of art right, the benefits of creating a Japanese garden are worth it in the end. Not only will you have peace of mind and a place of relaxation, but you'll also learn the history behind the design. This will not only give your garden purpose, but it will ensure you will have a garden deep-rooted in Japanese cultural history.


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