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Online personal collections – Japanese Gardens

November 30, 2011

Hi, everyone! I am an artist who is doing a research about Japanese garden recently. From my online collection, people can learn the characteristics of the traditional Japanese Gardens which is a culture heritage in the world.

It is a video clip that showing the different appearances of Japanese gardens. Audiences can make sense of the whole in a Japanese garden in the video. Also, the introduction of the Japanese gardens can be added behind the video. Japanese gardens that are in traditional Japanese style and its development were influenced by the distinctive and stylized Chinese gardens. In Japan, it called niwa, represents a pure and spiritual place.


The following photos reflect the main characteristics of Japanese gardens. First,this photo express the concept of “shukkei “(縮景) which means people copied the real scenery into the little garden. As you can see the garden contains the mini mountains, rivers, trees and rocks.


Tenryu-ji is a good example to interpret “SHAKKEI “(borrowed scenery), a characteristic of Japanese gardens. The term “borrowed scenery” is from China originally. It is the principle of “incorporating background landscape into the composition of a garden” found in traditional garden design.

File:RyoanJi-Dry garden.jpgRyōan-ji

The photo shows the example of dry landscape gardens also called “karesansui” in Japanese. It is a unique type of garden that use of rocks, sands and plants and was affected by the Zen Buddhism. The most famous dry landscape garden is at Ryōan-ji. The garden contains 15 rocks arranged on the surface of white sands and its structure is 7-5-3 which reflects the concept of Yang-Ying.


Kare-taki (Dry Waterfall of stones) at the center of this garden with fall colors. Actually, it divided into two parts and represents different meanings. In the lower half, there are a pond garden and small islands which were influenced of pure land sect. In the upper half, there is a dry landscape garden which influenced of Zen Buddhism.

From the above collections, people can learn each collection that represents distinctive characteristics of the Japanese Gardens. And I would like to cooperate with Hong Kong Art Museum. A number of Hong Kong citizens love Japanese culture and travelling to Japan. So I believe it is a great opportunity to show them the precious culture heritage of Japan. And they can learn how to appreciate the garden before travelling to Kyoto such ancient city in Japan.

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  1. December 1, 2011 9:21 pm

    It would be interesting to here more about how people from Hong Kong are becoming interested in Japanese gardens. Thanks.

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