Japanese Garden Design

Theory and practice in the creation of Japanese gardens
Pushing The Line – A Theoretical Approach to Raking a Karesansui Garden

Pushing The Line – A Theoretical Approach to Raking a Karesansui Garden

“Daitokuji” is copyright by Datigz, 2005 and made available under an Attribution-Non-Commercial Share Alike Licence 2.0 Imagine that someone has wiped clean the pattern in the gravel at Ryoanji and handed you the rake with the instructions, "Make whatever pattern you...

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Kumamoto En  熊本園

Kumamoto En 熊本園

The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. This team included craftsmen from Yasuimoku Koumuten in Kyoto. The garden is patterned after the famous 300 year old Suizenji Park 水前寺 in Kumamoto and contains many of the same elements. These plaques in English and Japanese stand at the entrance to the Kumamoto En (pictured below).

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The Garden Path

The Garden Path

 Professor Elliot Mitchnick has provided several articles guiding us through the tea garden and formal tea ceremony. Although he is not a Japanese gardener, we asked him to share his thoughts on pathways in the tea garden. Here is what he shared. As a tea...

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