Wherever one walks in any Japanese garden, one can come across interesting symbols. But do you know what is the underlying meaning behind each element in a Japanese gardens?
The layout and design of Japanese gardens is always very considered. Each element has a purpose and meaning. Practically nothing happens by accident in the garden. If you haven’t been to a Japanese garden before, it’s worth asking a tour guide for your first visit if you really want to understand the symbol system behind the Japanese gardens.
In the next few lines, some of the symbols typical of Japanese gardens can be introduced to our readers. The circle and pumpkin shapes covered with moss are not random. The circle symbolizes enlightenment, pumpkin happiness. You will also visit a Japanese garden anywhere in the world, you will surely encounter the symbol of the circle.
Pines are also a common phenomenon in Japanese gardens. Pine trees symbolize perseverance in Japanese gardens. Pruning these plants is a laborious task that gives them a wonderful look and keeps them in order. Pines can easily require 12 hours of pruning per year.
In a watery Japanese garden, you will surely see some large stones with their tops sticking out of the water. As mentioned earlier, there are no coincidences in Japanese gardens. The low, flat stone depicts a tortoise, a symbol of longevity. According to Japanese folklore, turtles live for 10,000 years.