Continuing our previous writing, we examine some more elements and their meanings that are common in Japanese gardens.

The zigzag bridge received such an unusual design for several reasons. Zigzag bridges first make a person slow down and appreciate the small details, or look at the garden from different angles. Most importantly, evil spirits only travel in a straight line, so once one has crossed the zigzag bridge, he is safe.

Tea house

Tea houses are also preferred in the larger Japanese garden. The rules of the tea ceremony were laid down in the XV. century. A traditional tea ceremony can last from 4 to ½ –5 hours. At the time, Japan was a dangerous place, and people enjoyed going to tea houses to have a little social life.

Natural garden

The natural garden of Japanese gardens symbolizes birth, life, and death, that is, the cycle of life. Believe it or not, these natural gardens make things difficult for gardeners the most. It’s not as simple as we think it would be to make something look as if it hadn’t been pruned at all.

Lotus bud

It could easily be that people who have visited several Japanese gardens have not yet known what a lotus bud is. The lotus bud is a Buddhist symbol of purity. The lotus buds are quite stylized in shape, so we may not see the flower bud in it on our own, but once we recognize it, we can meet in plenty of places.


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