Rocks and water are two crucial elements in a Japanese Feng Shui garden
Feng Shui, a Chinese philosophy that deals with interior design and architecture, also has a big impact on garden design. And you know what the fun part is? It's about more than just putting a few flowers in a pot! In fact, there is a deep thought behind every element in a Feng Shui garden.
Feng Shui or Kanso
In Japan, they know Feng Shui as "Kanso" and it is inseparable from the designs of traditional Japanese gardens. These gardens are known for their serene beauty that they achieve by putting elements such as rocks, water and plants in the right place.
The History of Feng Shui
The history of Feng Shui in Japanese gardens dates back to the 7th century, when Chinese culture had a strong effect on Japanese culture. And this can be seen in the way gardens are designed to create a harmonious balance between the elements of nature and man-made structures.
Balance and harmony
Rocks and water are two crucial elements in a Japanese Feng Shui garden. Rocks represent stability and anchoring, while water symbolizes movement and flow. By combining the two, you just feel that balance and harmony are in the air!
Growth and renewal
Plants also play an important role in Feng Shui gardens. Trees, shrubs and flowers are carefully chosen and arranged to create growth and renewal. Moreover, by using different types of plants, you can also add different elements to the garden. Evergreen trees, for example, symbolize longevity, while cherry blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life.
Feng Shui garden design
The layout of the garden is also carefully considered from the Feng Shui perspective. Japanese gardens often have winding paths that guide visitors through the garden, encouraging them to slow down and appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. Bridges and lanterns are also a common element, making the garden even more elegant and mystical.
Koi pond in Feng Shui garden
Finally, the use of Feng Shui in Japanese gardens is a testament to how important it is to balance natural elements and man-made structures for a serene and harmonious environment. An iconic element in these gardens is the koi pond. In fact, a koi pond is not only an aesthetic element, but also a spiritual and practical one. Moreover, observing these beautiful fish is known to reduce stress and bring a sense of calm and peace, exactly wax I personally found in the hobby. In many Japanese monasteries, feeding Koi is a meditative activity.
Beauty lies in the details
Japanese gardens and Feng Shui are a perfect example of how we can create what we want in our lives by consciously interacting with the elements of nature and our environment. Whether you are looking for more peace and harmony, or just interested in the philosophy, visiting a Japanese garden is an absolute must! Finally, remember, the beauty lies in the details, so be surprised by the little things and experience the ultimate balance these gardens have to offer.
Elegance and Mysticism
So, come on, let's take a moment to reflect on the magic of Japanese gardens and Feng Shui philosophy. If you ever get the chance to visit one, don't hesitate! Feel the serenity created by the careful balance of natural elements and man-made structures. Breathe in the fresh air and listen to the murmur of the water as the rocks anchor your belief in the thoughts behind them. Enjoy the growth and renewal depicted by the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs. Get carried away by the winding paths and admire the elegance and mystique added by bridges and lanterns. And of course, enjoy the koi pond and the spiritual cooling that the Koi offer you.
Mauritshuis, Clingendael and Holland Manage
There are no specific public gardens in the Netherlands that specifically focus on Feng Shui, but there are several gardens, parks and garden cities that have a harmonious and soothing character and therefore may be influenced by the principles of Feng Shui.
An example is the garden of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, which offers a beautiful and soothing atmosphere thanks to its harmonious design and good proportions of water, rocks and greenery. Other examples are the Japanese garden at Clingendael and the Hollandsche Manege in Amsterdam, both beautiful gardens that bring together elements of Japanese culture and Feng Shui.
Increasing popularity of Feng Shui
However, it is important to note that the application of Feng Shui in Dutch gardens is not as extensive as in countries such as China or Japan. This is mainly because Feng Shui is not yet as well known in the Netherlands and is not as extensively woven into the culture and architecture. But the popularity of Feng Shui is growing and it is certainly conceivable that in the future there will be more and more gardens and parks that apply the principles of Feng Shui.