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  • Get Inspired With These Japanese Rock Garden Sites

    The Japanese rock garden is sometimes identified as a Zen garden; this time of garden is used for the purposes of relaxation, meditation, and contemplation. The Japanese rock garden has a number of common elements including sand, gravel, bushes; trees, moss covered areas, fountains, and purposefully placed rocks.  Full Story »

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  • Japanese Tea Garden Sites

    A Japanese tea garden is commonly used for "chanoyu" or a Japanese tea ceremony. The Japanese tea garden was first established between the early 1330s and the early 1600s or during the Muromachi and Momoyama Periods in Japan. Full Story »

  • Symbols In Japanese Rock Gardens

    Many people can appreciate the beauty that rests within a Japanese garden. There are a lot of different elements to look at, from water to moss to trees, rocks, and more. One very intriguing style of Japanese garden is that of the rock garden. More commonly known today as Zen gardens, Japanese rock gardens are generally very simplistic and consist of only a few elements. Simplicity in a Zen garden, however, does not mean that it lacks artistry.    Full Story »

A Meditative Retreat »

The Japanese rock garden, also known as "karesansui", Zen garden, or dry landscape, has been popular in Japanese culture since the 11th century. With its distinctive minimalist style using just sand or gravel, rocks, and perhaps moss, it is the focal point of many Zen Buddhist temples in Japan.    Full Story »