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January 30 2013

Japanese castle garden - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Genkyu-en Garden, Hikone

The Japanese castles were built as military strongholds, but the aesthetic aspect was always taken into consideration. And as symbols of the ruler’s power and wealth, many of them were also augmented with beautiful, traditional Japanese gardens. In many cases the gardens were made to be admired from the castle and also to be enjoyed during a promenade, so they were often made by the period’s famous designers, featuring tea houses, rare plants, spectacular rocks or islands connected by elegant bridges…

Here is a photo taken inside the Hikone Castle’s Genkyu-en garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese castle gardens, built in 1677.

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October 24 2012

Japanese garden landmarks - Kenrokuen Neagari-no-Matsu - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Neagari no Matsu (Raised Roots Pine), Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

Originally built during the Edo period, the Kenrokuen Garden from Kanazawa belonged to the Maeda clan, the rulers of the Kaga Domain. The garden, as we know it today, was made by the 13th lord Nariyasu, in 1874. He designed one of the most beautiful landmarks, the Neagari no Matsu ("raised roots pine"), a pine-tree with magnificent roots rising more than 2 meters over the ground.

The technique used was to plant the tree in a raised mound and after the roots became strong enough the soil underneath was removed, thus exposing them. Today, after more than 100 years, the Neagari no Matsu is one of Japan’s most spectacular trees …

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September 27 2012

awesome design garden house
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September 05 2012

The Kotoji stone lantern from Kenroku-en garden - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa

Of the Three Great Gardens of Japan (Nihon Sanmeien), these days I visited my second, the Kenroku-en in Kanazawa, called the “Garden of the Six Sublimities".
There are many beautiful sights here, but the most representative is this stone lantern located on the northern side of the Kasumiga-ike Pond. It wasn’t easy to take a photo, because the place is continuously crowded by people taking their pictures in front of it…

Why is it so famous? This lantern is an unusual version of the typical snow-viewing lantern (Yukimi-dōrō), because it has only two legs (one in the water and one on land), while the Yukimi lanterns are usually made with three or four legs. This unusual shape is said to look like a bridge on the traditional Japanese instrument koto, hence its name: the Kotoji lantern…

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September 02 2012

A modern Zen Garden in Kyoto - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Zen Garden, Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto

If you love Zen gardens, one of the most interesting places to visit in Kyoto is the Tofuku-ji Temple. You will find a Zen garden on each of the 4 sides of its Hojo building, all created in 1930 by one of the most important Japanese garden builders, Mirei Shigemori. Today, I want to show you the Northern Garden, which re-creates the Zen simplicity with modern design themes: a checkered pattern with square rocks and large patches of moss.

As you can see in the photo, since the summer was scorching here in Kyoto, a large part of the moss, not protected by the building shadows, has dried up… But I think this only adds up to the beauty of this remarkable garden…

August 08 2012

garden shower head kludge

June 15 2012

Japanese garden Akadama stones - via A Japan Photo per Day -

The stones are a customary decoration in the Japanese gardens, regardless of the type of the garden. In the Zen rock gardens, the rocks are objects of contemplation and have clear meanings, like mountains or islands, and groups of stones can even represent various religious symbols, like cranes and turtles…

In a strolling type garden, the usage of the stones is less symbolic, they can still represent miniature mountains, but often they are just simple stepping stones or even ornaments. However, many gardens are proud to feature unusual rocks, some brought in from a great distance, like these rare red stones from the New Otani garden from Tokyo, called Akadama stones, which were brought here from the west coast near Niigata.

June 03 2012

zombie garden gnomes
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April 19 2012

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Super Mario Galaxy Gusty Garden Rock Remix + MP3 - YouTube

I just came.

Not even joking.

February 17 2012

via Garden from a Dream by *humon on deviantART

A scene from a dream I had last night about a garden that changed people's appearances while they were in it.

The monk looks very Niels'ish, and that's because in the dream it was a brown-haired Niels, but I decided to make it a completely different character so as not to confuse people.

And you might wonder "What's up with the nipple-less breasts?" That's what they looked like in the dream. They didn't have genitalias either, but I chose not to mention that.

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