In Harmony with The Nature


Sogen Pond Garden

Sogen Pond Garden

Undoubtedly, at least for me, seeing the Japanese garden is very comforting and reassuring. When the physical body is tired, or heart is being burdened by problems, all the fatigue and burdens might be lifted slowly by just sitting quietly or perhaps performing meditation in front of a Japanese Garden. Just being in harmony with the garden and surrounding.

It is because the Japanese garden is usually designed by implementing ‘Shakkei’ techniques which is translated as borrowed scenery. By ‘borrowing’ the beautiful scenery then laying the garden nearby will make it in harmony with its natural surroundings. The ambiance will be more dramatic, if we cannot say perfect.

And about the above photo, I was lucky enough to be able to see and enjoy the beauty of Japanese Zen Garden which is known as Teien Sogenchi or Sogen Pond Garden when I visited Tenryuji Temple at Arashiyama, near Kyoto. This Japanese Zen Garden was designed in the 14th century by a Zen Master, Muso Soseki by using ‘Shakkei’ techniques and still maintained until now. It made Sogen Pond Garden being one of the oldest Shakkei Gardens in Japan. With Mount Arashiyama with greenish trees as a background, Sogen Pond Garden provides the natural harmony to people who come there.

As Frank Lloyd Wright said,

“The good building is not one that hurts the landscape but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was build”

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