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The origin of the Japanese rock garden is closely related to the religious worldview of this people. The Japanese believe that a place where there are many stones will be chosen by the gods themselves. Such places from ancient times in the culture of this people were sacred and pure, full of hope, inhabited by good forces. Today, the creation of stony gardens has become a true art, with a more aesthetic orientation. Although for some the stones in the garden are still a tribute to the spirits of fire, mountains, wind and trees.

The main elements of the rock garden


Often, a rock garden is a flat area covered with sand or small pebbles. However, the most important element, of course, are the stones. To a detached spectator it may seem that the stones are absolutely chaotic. In fact, this is not the case at all. Compositions of groups of stones are arranged according to certain rules. This is a very important moment in the art of creating a Japanese garden. The most preferred grouping of stones in three, this corresponds to the Buddhist triad.The sandy base also plays an important role, the grooves are carried out in a certain way with the help of a rake. They should run along the long side of the garden, forming peculiar lines around the stones, visually resembling arcs.
The surface of the Japanese garden of stones symbolizes the ocean, the watery surface, and the stones themselves - like islands. However, each visitor to the garden, if desired, can represent something of their own, this should allow him to relax and distract from the burden of everyday life. After all, a rock garden is a place for meditation, designed to give peace of mind and enlightenment.
Particularly interesting in the Japanese garden is that wherever the visitor casts his gaze, he will always see the same amount of stones. All these subtleties must be thought out in the composition of the garden. Perhaps that is why a real Japanese garden is a rarity, at least as part of private land ownership.

Ryoanji Stone Garden


Perhaps the most famous rock garden is the garden at the Ryoanji temple, otherwise it is called the "garden of fifteen stones." This temple was created in 1499 by the master Soami. The surface of the garden is framed with the help of white gravel, against the background of which there are fifteen black rough stones, divided into five harmonious groups.Each one is framed by green moss.
The secret of this garden lies in the fact that from whatever side the visitor may examine it, the fifteenth stone always remains out of sight. There is a legend that to see all fifteen stones is given only to the enlightened one. The natural contrast and harmony of this garden leaves a trace in the minds and hearts of visitors for a long time.


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