Large pond garden at Narita-san-Shinshaji Temple near Narita airport
In the Spring of 2015 we were fortunate enough to visit Japan and made a point of seeing a good number of gardens as we toured around.
As you may know, Japanese garden design is a very complicated subject and the resulting gardens are quite different from the gardens we are used to here.
The basic principle is that a garden should be a work of art, inspired by nature, appearing to be natural but not wild. Basic principles include:
Finally, there are the very special dry rock gardens associated with Zen Buddhist temples.
Here are views of some of the gardens we saw on our trip.
Liz and Mike Bissett
Courtyard garden in Yanaka, an old suburb of Tokyo
Strolling garden - a 16th century garden in Nikko