Japanese Garden of Monaco

Have you seen an authentic Japanese garden? Well, I was fortunate enough to see that in Monaco and it left a deep impression on me. Want to taste Japanese culture? Taking this step is fleeing from the real world to the fantasy world. You suddenly find yourself in a typical Japanese natural environment, just like you see in a wonderful painting. The only thing missing is fog. Instead, the Mediterranean sun reveals all the tiny details in the warm light.

In a Japanese garden, what you see is not all. The surface of things is merely a reflection of ancient cultural psychology. In fact, it is indeed necessary to “train” a person in this direction in order to best appreciate the value of this art. (I myself was not when I was visiting! This is a pity, because I don’t know what to look for and a better analysis!) Someone can say an ancient Japanese gardening philosophy. Japanese gardening is an art that transcends the layout of vegetation, water and stones, but is full of symbols:

* Koko-respect of eternal age;

* Shizen- avoid artificial;

* Yugen, or darkness-implies mystery or subtlety;

* Miegakure-avoid full expression

In Japanese culture, the understanding of nature is different from European culture. The Japanese not only regarded nature as something conquered and transformed according to the ideal of artificial beauty, but regarded nature as sacred. The allies who put food on the table and the ideal of beauty in itself developed a close connection with nature. . This is why the Japanese garden is the epitome of nature, not the correction of nature like the European garden.

In fact, the design of Japanese gardens comes from a Chinese model. The history can be traced back to about 100 BC, when the Chinese emperor Han Wudi established a garden containing three small islands, imitating the main fairy island of Taoism. The Japanese envoy saw this and brought it to Japan to improve Japan’s existing practices.

The Monaco Japanese Garden was designed at the request of Prince Rainier, thus fulfilling the wishes expressed by Princess Grace throughout her life. The garden was designed by landscape architect Yasuo Beppu. It covers an area of ​​7,000 square meters and took 3 years to open in 1994.

Specific elements

*The wall (Heï) with the middle bamboo fence (Takégaki) represents fragility and simplicity.

*Main entrance (show gate)

*Stone lanterns (Tôrô)-each has special different characteristics;

*There are big goldfish on the lake (Iké).

*Stone Fountain (Toyama Stone City)

* Covered terrace (Kyukeïjo)

*Island (Shima)-represents two long-lived animals-tortoise and crane, indicating complementarity

*Tea House (Chatshitsu)-named Grace Garden (Ga-én)

*Dry landscape (Karésansui)-the essence of cosmos

* Belvedere (Azumaya)-a house on a mountain with all four corners

*Waterfall (taki)-symbolizes the power of man and nature, in sharp contrast with the level of the lake.

*The arched red bridge (Taïkobashi)-red, the color of happiness, and narrow, so it is difficult to enter the island of God.

There are olive trees, cherry trees, conifers, azaleas, azaleas and camellias. They are a diverse and rich plant of Mediterranean, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia origin, pruned according to Japanese tradition.

Walking in the crowded Monaco, Monaco made of stone, steel and glass, you can find a peaceful green oasis in the Japanese garden, even a large number of tourists did not notice, strolling on winding paths, wearing Through the bushes of the garden.

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