Monday Walk: Portland Japanese Garden

“There is no garden in which greater respect is paid to nature than in the Japanese garden.”

~ Johann Kraftner

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The most important material in the Japanese garden is stone. It symbolizes an island in the sea or an animal or gods who have descended from heaven.

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The raked gravel or pebbles represents the stormy sea, with its dynamic images of the waves.

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Another element is moss. It’s a symbol of age and honor. There is almost nothing more beautiful than a bank of moss in the flat light of the evening sun.

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The tea ceremony stands for a path of life and should. The four underlying principles of the tea ceremony are harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

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The longing for harmony ends in complete conformity with nature and an understanding for impermanence of existence.

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Reference: Johann Kraftner ” The Elegant Garden”

Visit Jo’s Walk: Captain Cook’s Monument and enjoy the glorious view and trail walk.

Thank you for visiting. Have a great week! 🙂

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