A beautiful thing is created when spirituality is brought into architecture and if we wish to give it a name, we can call it the Japanese Zen Garden. This garden is actually a confined space that is given a few prominent features to turn it into a beautiful scenic paradise. The interesting part about these gardens is that they are not unachievable. In fact, architects are incorporating Zen Gardens more and more into modern architecture trends.
The spiritual concept behind these gardens is not unheard of. Yin and Yang represents the complete opposites of light and dark, nature and manmade, bright and dull arranged in such a way that they look like they belong with each other. This harmony can result into something very peaceful, serene, pretty and hence the name Zen.
Comprehending the meaning behind the Zen Gardens, one would think they are all glitz and glamour but in reality, it is nothing of the sort. The rule is simple, pay attention to the details, keep things simple and purposeful. Zen Garden is not big and best, in fact, it is small and simple.
Let’s see some of the most common elements used in the making of a Zen Garden:
- Nature is the go-to source in the making of Zen gardens. Materials like bamboo, stones and rocks are used heavily in these gardens. It helps in creating a perimeter for the garden.
- Though it is called a garden, Zen gardens are not filled with a plethora of flowers and plants to the brim. As established earlier, Zen garden is simple and runs on a similar theme. One or only two kinds of plants are enough.
- Pathways are other important features of Japanese Zen gardens. Especially when there is something meaningful, a statue or inspiration waiting at the end of the path. These stone pathways indicate how it is important to walk through our pasts into something good. In the garden, it takes the visitors all through the garden, allowing them to appreciate its different beauties.
- Another common lighting element used in Japanese Zen Garden is the stone lanterns. They look beautiful and classy in such a setting.
- Other common and unique features used in Japanese Zen Gardens are pagodas, gazebos, river stones, birdbaths, garden ponds, flower beds etc
- The Zen garden is made using such features that provide a place of reflection and peace, for instance, a Japanese tea house, a cherry blossom tree or a fish pond.
In this modern world of tech and machine, deaths and depression, we all need a place like Japanese Zen Garden in our house to gather our thoughts and to point them in the righ