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! 🙂

53 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Portland Japanese Garden

  1. My Maine garden has many of these elements. The Japanese garden is one that is quiet and peaceful, not a riot of color. After my peonies are gone, the garden is basically shades of green.


    • The way they assemble these element into an elegant garden is what it stays with us, I think… Thank you for your comment, Sally. Have a wonderful Labor Day.


    • Knowing a little bit of the symbolism of these elements help me appreciate the garden even more. Thank you so much for letting me share it with you. Have a great week, Jet!


  2. Hi Helen, You’re right, life is good when you can spend time in a garden like this one, life is so good; and that you don’t need to own one. I’d work myself to death if I had one… 🙂 Thank you so much for viewing.


  3. So beautiful, and fascinating to hear about the symbolism. I have always been drawn to moss covered rocks and trees….age and honour 🙂
    I love the image of the rocks in the gravel, they look rather like creatures swimming through the waves!


  4. This reminds of the Japanese garden they have in Huntington Library in LA. I already know the representations. 😉 But thanks anyways. It’s always nice to see Japanese gardens. They are always so beautiful, so green, so peaceful.


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