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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 fuzeï, evocative of the emotion emerging from a place. Both are obtained by the practice of meditation ...
... 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.
We offer a range of training
sessions in order to unleash your creativity ...
Whatever your personal aspirations, FIVE courses are open to anyone wishing to study different key aspects of Japanese garden landscaping.
. Course "setting stones" or ishi gumi on 2 days (15 hours) - the art of "setting stones" as defined in the famous Sakutei-ki ... the basics
. Course "Japanese paths" on 2 days (15 hours) - tobi ishi, nobedan, arare koboshi ...
. Course tsuboniwa on 3 days (20 hours) - small courtyard garden landscaping stages, a metaphor for nature ...
. Course tsukubai on 3 days (20 heures) - tsukubai creation stages, place of purification in the tea garden ...
. Course "bamboo fences" on 2 days (15 hours) - all the stages of two different bamboo fence creating, or take gaki...
You have all the courses described in detail here.
EURL NIWAKI & Co