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Flat Garden-Hiraniwa
Flat Garden-HiraniwaThe Flat Garden is like the Sand and Stone Garden while also being similar to the Natural Garden. It is a garden which falls in between the Sand and Stone and Natural Garden. The Flat Garden consists of a sea of raked sand. The sand is raked in a circlar shape, symbolizing enlightenment and happiness. The rocks are also set up in a particular way for a special reason. The vistor could look at the rock and formulate his/her own interpertation. In this garden there is white sand, evergreen plantings, moss, both flowering and non-flowering plants, and grass.

The japanese garden is probably one of the most intriguing aspects of japanese culture and life. The understatement and simplicity of design add dignity and grace to the japanese gardens, making a clean and unique statement. The japanese garden is an interpretation and idealized conception of nature, accompanied with the artistic feeling of the creator. In Japanese gardens, tufted moss create a cascade of texture and visual enlightenment. Japanese stone lanterns adds mystique, tradition and spirituality. The sand, rock and stone zen gardens provides a place for quiet reflection and contemplation.

In Japanese culture there are many elements that make up a garden. Every element that is in a garden is there to bring out the best in the garden. All things in the garden are put there for a reason. Everything in the garden has a meaning.

This is a stone lantern. There are many of these throughout the various gardens, each one made in its own unique way. They were placed in the garden originally as a source of light. But now they are there for decorative purposes. However, this one in particular is very small; there are some up to 18-feet high, called "pagodas." The pagoda is five stories tall, with each story representing a natural element: earth, water, fire, wind. Often one finds lions sculptured in Japanese gardens. They are placed at the entrance of the garden in order to protect the garden from intruders. Usually there is a male and a female lion at each entrance. The male lion usually has his foot on a ball; this to signify power. These two statues represent the yin and the yang: the two opposing forces: fire and water.

There is a hollow bamboo stick which, when it fills up, hits the basin making a sound. This sound supposedly chases the deer away and keeps them from drinking the water. This is called a deer chaser.

Fish are called koi. They are found in the ponds of the Japanese Gardens as a decorative element.

Iris edged yatsuhashi (eight fold Japanese bridge) guarantee that time is taken to enjoy the small things in life that are so easily and quickly overlooked in our fast paced world. "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." The Japanese stone lantern (tachi-gata - pedestal stone lanterns) accompanied with the crimson colors of the changing japanese maple tree provides a visual focal delight and creates awareness of the passage of time.
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