Stroll Through a Japanese Garden

Japanese gardens aren’t merely for the appreciation of well-tended plants and nature. With each rock, pond, and tree representing some element of the garden’s creator’s aesthetics and worldview, the Japanese garden is meant to be seen as one whole work of art. This is the unique characteristic of the Japanese garden. 

For that reason, in the same way you would regard a sculpture or watch a movie, you should try to imagine the context in which the creator built the garden to fully enjoy the work of art. 

Many famous Japanese gardens express abstract ideas such as the utopian ideals of the time, or values that sit closely with the creator’s religious beliefs. Therefore it is useful to first grasp the background of the artwork- when was the garden created, who was its creator- in order to understand its deeper meaning. 

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