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How to build your Own Japanese Garden

In my opinion, there I nothing cosier than a Japanese garden in your home. That would be the ultimate space for relaxing. That’s the reason that even many luxurious apartments in Tokyo have invested in a Japanese garden to attract attention for the new potential buyers.

Peace, tranquillity, spirituality, contemplation, and beauty: the Japanese garden brings together all these qualities and can be a great way to make your home a serene and relaxing space to enjoy with family, friends or even just.

Even in small spaces, this type of garden can be done simply, helping you to have a much more pleasant routine. So how about finding out more about how to build a Japanese garden with our tips? See more details below.

What is the Japanese Garden?

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The Japanese Garden, also known as the Zen Garden, appeared in China in the 6th century and was spread by Buddhist monks. However, it was the Japanese, during the Heian Era, who perfected the technique of creating these gardens, incorporating symbolic and spiritual characteristics of connection with nature.

Through elements such as water, stones and plants, the Japanese garden aims to portray the paths of life, transformations and obstacles faced, allowing for a contemplative and meditative state.

This type of garden décor is also closely linked to the philosophical and spiritual conceptions of the Japanese, who see in nature the origin of life, the earth, and the very abode of spiritual deities.

What are the advantages of the Japanese garden?

Having a Japanese residential garden is a great way to increase your connection with nature and enjoy the sensations of relaxation, serenity and meditation provided by this type of space.

The Japanese garden can still be an excellent ally in combating problems such as anxiety and stress, contributing to health and well-being. In addition, it beautifies the spaces of the house, leaving the decoration harmonious and pleasant.

What are the elements of the Japanese garden?

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Whether to set up a small Japanese garden or a large version, it is always important to know the elements that compose it and the meanings of each one. Therefore, we brought the main materials used in the process to inspire you in your own creation.

Lakes, waterfalls, and streams

The presence of water in the Japanese garden is very relevant, because it represents the cycle of life, that is, the process of birth and death. In some projects, you can find carp, which symbolise prosperity and luck.

Plants

Plants are very present elements in this type of garden and help to compose the atmosphere of peace and contact with nature. Remember that flowers and plants are chosen according to the seasons, and some have sacred meanings.

Bridges

Bridges symbolise the connection between two spaces. In this sense, they represent the transition from mortality to the sacred and can be built with different materials, such as wood, stone, or bamboo.

Stones

Stones have a great symbolic meaning for the Japanese. The larger stones symbolize the mountains and hills, providing a feeling of contemplation. The smaller stones show the evolution of the human being during life.

Lanterns

Lanterns are another element that brings a spiritual dimension to the Japanese garden, as light symbolizes knowledge. Carved in stone, they come in different shapes and sizes.