|Shifting patterns of light|
|The garden brings Nature into our daily lives|
There is in the creation of a Japanese garden a deliberate attempt to break down the barrier between subject and object. There are multiple focal points which draw the eye to certain places. These can be stone arrangements, stone ornaments such as lanterns set within the composition, or view lines through the garden and even beyond to the landscape outside of the garden space. The garden composition is carefully contrived to engage the eye of the viewer. Providing movement and flow, the very same organic processes that we carry within us. Emphasis is placed on the textural qualities of the materials, be it plants, stone or water. Composition with regard to the whole visual field is also important, where all the elements of the composition play a role in supporting each other.
|Shifting patterns of colour|
|A waterbasin as a focal point|
|Empty space defines form|
The Japanese garden is a means of connecting with spirit of Nature. Connecting with the essence of that by which we are supported, and enabled to take our place on the stage of life. Nature and landscape are essentially non judgemental, as they are ego-less. A tree is a tree, a rock embodies the quality of stone, and water flows. The outer forms of the gardens it manifests itself is peculiar to the cultural conditions that gave birth to those forms, yet within those forms are encapsulated qualities that are beyond cultural limitations. If the garden creator digs deep enough into that soil, all manner of treasures can be revealed.
|Beauty in Nature is ephemeral|
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