A SACRED ART, the JAPANESE GARDEN ...
Most of the time, a japanese garden is quite small, and is divided into several different gardens. For the best known, there are often a mineral garden or karesansui,
tea garden or chaniwa, borrowed view or shakkei zukuri, the promenade garden or kaiyushiki and the tiny courtyard garden or patio, the famous tsuboniwa.
But there are many others that we can easily match, according to the space available, and your personal tastes.
The Japanese do not miniaturize the garden just to save space or just as an exercise,as we tend to believe. It is more in the sense of a
transcription of the force of the elements such as the mineral, plants and water elements. There are two key concepts ; the tayori which is the expression
of the spirit of a place, the awareness of its existence and the virtual landscape, and the fuzeď, evocative of the emotion emerging from a place.
Both are obtained by the practice of meditation ... Other concepts are also essential, such as wabi-sabi and shibui culture, an attraction to the melancholy emotions
related to aging and the patina of things and materials.
... So that the limited garden space becomes a subtle metaphore of a landscape, and it's communion with nature ...
Three basic elements are needed in japanese gardens, in balanced proportions, as we can see them in natural landscapes :
Vegetation is present through subtily pruned trees, perennials, or moss, ... mineral features such as meticulously raked gravel or shaped, upright stones ...
and water features like a stream, a small waterfall or a pond. All this in order to evoke hills, mountains, oceans, bays, rocky coasts, islands,
wind-clipped trees clinging to a ridge or a cliff, a forest ... and other beautiful landscapes.
Workshops and introduction
Creation of tsuboniwa