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Ohori Park: Quiet Your Soul in Fukuoka’s Japanese Garden

Have you ever visited a traditional Japanese garden? If not, you’re missing out. There is something completely unique about how the Japanese construct their gardens. It goes far beyond the materials used and the flowers they plant and penetrates into the very soul of what a scenic garden is – a place to find peace.…

Enjoy a Cultural Experience at the World Famous Japanese-Fused Ritz-Carlton in Kyoto!

One of the best luxury hotels in Japan providing an unparalleled Japanese cultural experience is the Ritz-Carlton resort. Its main location is in Boston, Massachusetts but has successfully expanded abroad. In Japan, it can be found in Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and Kyoto. The hotel in Kyoto provides guests with a chance to also enjoy an…

Are You In Kansai? Don’t Miss This Soundscaped Japanese Garden!

Japan’s large, beautiful stroll gardens are well-known all over the world. They usually originated in the Edo period and are associated with villas owned by aristocrats. Some of these gardens have been designed using an abstract concept known as ‘karikomi’, a way of grouping plants in order to create one shape. The Horai Garden found…

What Is the Meaning Behind Ryoan-ji Temple’s Rock Garden?

One interesting part of Japanese culture is the beautification and preservation of gardens. There are several art forms of gardens in Japan and one these types is a famous rock garden or zen garden in Ryoan-ji Temple of Kyoto. It is a dry landscape designed with large rock formations and smooth pebbles. aestheticapperceptions.wordpress.com/ The Composition…

Relax and Enjoy the Serenity and Beauty of Matsushima

“Matsushima ah! A-ah, Matsushima, ah! Matsushima, ah!”. The speechless admiration from Matsuo Bashō, the great poet in Edo period, is exactly the same expression I had at first glance of the beautiful Matsushima. Matushima’s small islands onlynativejapan.com/ In my recent trip to Japan, I had one quick stop in Sendai and decided to go on…

The 3 Most Majestic Temple Gardens in Kyoto

It’s no surprise that in these days, people tend to have less time for personal pleasures and hobbies such as gardening. Gardens can provide stress relief with the relaxing qualities they possess. Some gardens in Japan even include Zen-influenced principles of design such as simplicity (Kanso), basics (Kiso) or naturalness (Shizen). Let’s take a closer…

Be guided around the ancient capital of Japan: Three Recommended Tours in Kyoto

Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, where the centre of government sat for hundreds of years. Kyoto is steeped in history, culture and architecture which is truly breathtaking. Kyoto is one of the top travel destinations for tourists in Japan, however, some people find it difficult to navigate. Public transport relies more on buses…

3 Beautiful Abstract Japanese Concepts

1. Wabisabi わびさび Wabasabi is a concept in Japanese art derived from Zen Buddhism, known as “the beauty of imperfection” in daily life. It is a worldview that preaches acceptance of temporality and uniqueness. The aesthetic values of imperfection, impermanence and incompleteness are what make something beautiful; nothing is flawless, nothing is whole, and nothing…