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Are you fond of Japanese gardening? Have you ever dreamed to make one of your own? Then, this is the right page for you to find out on how to build your own Japanese garden.  In this post, you can find out all you need to know about Zen Japanese Garden, also known as Japanese Rock Garden.


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Remember, that Japanese gardens are divided on their functions as discussed in the post about small Japanese garden. The Zen Garden, Karensansui in Japanese, originated in XIV century, as a devotion to the Zen Buddhist philosophy. The prominent feature of this type of gardening is the absence of water.

A perfect Zen garden is composed of the carefully arranged rocks, trimmed trees, moss and of course white gravel, that is representing water. The garden does not necessarily have to be big, rather viewable from a point, where you are meditating.

The main attribute of the Zen garden is the rock alignment. There is a strict rock classification, the low vertical (the soul stone), the tall vertical (Body Stone), flat (Heart Stone), arching (Branching stone) and reclining stone (ox stone). The rocks are used in creating the landscape, for instance the borders of the gravel “ocean” are primarily small and round; those representing the big mountains are usually rough and edgy. Rocks are usually placed in threes, with a tall vertical one and two by its side, representing male, female and child statues.

The use of sand is discouraged, because it can be easily disrupted, as opposed to gravel. The ripples on the gravel represent the wavy surface of the water. Sometimes, there are even animal stone representations that a certain action. So it is not uncommon for a Zen garden to carry an easily read metaphorical message.

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