Thursday, August 5, 2010

Japanese gardens – less is more…

We were looking for a restaurant located in a fancy suburb in Osaka and while walking around, I had the chance to admire the many plants I see in front of homes. 

I could have taken a lot of photos, but my husband was worried that we might not be able to find the restaurant – there were no road signs.

Japanese gardening © Evelyn Howard 2010

I love this arrangement of rocks and plants. The entire arrangement is so pleasing to the eye from top to bottom and it makes the entrance so inviting.

Entrace to a japanese home © Evelyn Howard 2010

Simple but really lovely to have part of the tree leaning over the entrance

Topiary in japan © Evelyn Howard 2010

How about these…? They are so neat and lovely, but I imagine that there is a lot of work involved to keep them this way.


We did find the restaurant. It did not look like a restaurant from outside, but because we had made a reservation, a kimono-clad lady was outside by the road waiting for us.

Japanese garden © Evelyn Howard 2010

We could not see their garden from the road. We entered through the door on the left. This garden only has a few plants, and the groundcover is moss. The number of items here is less than most western gardens but it is such a lovely space.

I began to wonder if I could incorporate the idea of “less is more” (not necessarily Japanese) into my little garden. Japanese gardens also focus on forms, structures and foliage… which make me think of succulents. More for me to ponder over.

Hope you are having a nice week.


Julie said...

What a gorgeous and serene the nearly hidden entrance to the pretty!

Melanie said...

What a lovely idea Evelyn and such fabulous photos . They are calming to look at.

Teri C said...

What a beautiful place. You really captured such wonderful and interesting things.

And yes, give the 20 minute challenge a try.

Matt and Bobbie said...

This is beautiful! I am facinated with Japanese gardens.

Your blog is really fun--I added your link on my blog:
check it out.

yoon see said...

What a lovely place.
You are always so good at photography!
Thank you:)

Bonnie said...

WOW, I LOVE them!

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