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Japanese Gardens - Their Beauty and Design in Photos

Updated on January 21, 2012
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The Beauty of Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens have become one of my favorite things in recent years. There is so much beauty, relaxation, and peace to be found in a Japanese garden. It seems to truly refresh one's soul. The goal of this set of photos is just to share some of the things one might find in a Japanese garden.

There is so much that can be said of Japanese gardens. I guess what attracts me the most is the symbolism and natural beauty. One thing worth mentioning is that much of traditional Japanese gardening stems from Zen Buddhism. The Zen concepts come more from Sung China, though some have come from Tang China as well, previously. The influences of the both the art and design has made a lasting impression on Japanese gardening. Long ago, the gardens were more private, though now we can all benefit from seeing them if we travel but a bit of a distance to them.

More specific to the Japanese gardening are the things that include simplicity, naturalness, a refined elegance, and being subtle in its design. With things like a Japanese garden and Zen concepts, the very "doctrine" dictates that it be more of an experience than an actual description in words.

I hope you enjoy the photos that I am sharing, that share some of the beauty I have experienced in Japanese gardens.

Japanese Garden Photos

Photo 1 - This water "fountain" is one of my most favorite portions of my favorite Japanese garden. Depending on the time of year, one can see flowers blooming nearby, like azaleas, but most often it is just in its simplistic beauty. I love the design it has, and how it incorporates bamboo and stone and water.

Photo 2 - A large pond, surrounding or interwoven throughout the Japanese garden has a wonderful effect. There are many large koi fish, ducks and other birds that all enjoy this particular pond. Never mind that human enjoy it as well, as seen here. On one of the bridges, you can purchase a handful of koi food to feed the very gorgeous fish. The ducks will try to get in on it too.

Photo 3 - A wonderful Japanese symbol, raked sand, bamboo fences or pathways, along with the large stones all make this photo one of my favorites. It incorporates a lot of the simple yet wonderful design elements that make a Japanese Garden so aesthetically pleasing to the eye and senses.

Photos 4 & 5 - A curved wooden bridge, white flowers, grass and more symbolism all make this another favorite. So beautiful, I wish it was in my own garden. We see a near and far version of the same place here. One incorporates a lot more water and huge rock as you see.

Photo 6 - Another favorite because of the design of the sculpture, as well as the color of the changing leaves. This is truly beautiful to me. I ought to add, that while some of my photos are showcasing Japanese symbolism or statues in particular, that these are few and far between in the actual garden.

Photo 7 - Closer view of the bridge, which shows more evergreen shrubs, and a part of a weeping willow, and the actual path to the bridge when the sandy area ends.

Photo 8 - This photo is from a different angle and includes a more shady area and a different sculpture. I love the pagodas, and other symbolism seen throughout. This particular view is very peaceful to me.

Photo 9 & 10 - More of the pond and water is shown here, along with more rocks and the larger trees around.

Photo 11 - This is almost a repeat but with a different angle and you can see the water in the distance, white azaleas, and the great attention to detail given this particular area with the bamboo, and paths, etc.

Photo 12 - View across the pond, which includes more flowers and trees and shrubs of many different kinds. One thing to mention, is that on this other side, there are more paths and a hidden structure that you can't see from here. Its neat because it makes it such an "experience", in enjoying such a garden, rather than just looking at it.

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Japanese Garden Poll

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One day, it would be so great to go to Japan, and see the gardens in the country they originated in. I am sure they are even more beautiful there.

St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden:
MO Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

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This is the location where most of these photos are taken. Many Botanical Gardens across the nation have very beautiful Japanese gardens.

A very beautiful video with music - Japanese Garden Tatton Park UK


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Steph, thank you very much! I appreciate your visit and comment. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      A beautiful hub! I love the one with the colorful maple. The photographs of the water and bridges are so nice too. Japanese gardens are so soothing and peaceful. Rated up! Cheers, Steph

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      You are so fortunate to be able to visit gardens the way you do. I love Japanese gardens, too, but have only seen them in books. I bought a book on how to build one. I tried, even put in a little running water, but I was never happy with it. One of my daughters visited Japan last year and brought back beautiful photos of the gardens there.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Duchess, thank you very much. I really appreciate that. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this so that we could enjoy it with you. Beautiful


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