Kokedama, Bonsai, Japanese Gardening

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Japanese GardeningKokedama is moss balls in which a plant grows.

They can be hung on. But also on a pedestal, they form a beautiful object both in and around the house. Because they grow in a moss bulb and are regularly pruned, they remain small.  That is certainly a likeness with bonsai but a Kokedama looks perfect within a few months while bonsai takes years. Both sprout from the mind of the Japanese garden architect. So this FB page is about Japanese gardening.

The Nippon garden has many influences and according to the Satuteike – literally “The records of garden making” and probably written by Tashibana Totshitsuna – the garden has four principles to take into account:

Shotoku no Sansui: mimic nature.
Lohan ni shitagau: follow the question of the country.
Suchigaegaete: balance in asymmetry.
Fuzei: follow the spirit of the environment

Creating a real Japanese garden is impossible for most enthusiasts. It takes years of study and it is almost impossible to get to the Japanese spirit. The concept of “mono no aware”, the feeling of everything that is, and therefore also the transience, is barely comprehensible for the non-Japanese.
On the FB page: Kokedama, bonsai and Japanese Gardening we try to answer the question: how do I create a Japanese garden?

Japanese gardening starts with a Korean.

Did you know that the Korean Michiko no Takumi (nickname the ugly artist) at the invitation of Empress Suiko build the first Japanese garden for the new capital Nara?
We don’t know when he was born or died but it is written in the chronicle Nihon shoki, compiled in the eighth century, that he was from the Korean Peninsula and built a Wu-style bridge and a replica of Mt. Sumeru in the south garden of the Oharida palace in 612.
This is the oldest reliable documentary reference to building a garden in Japan. Inspired by the Chinese, performed by a Korean. From this, the men from the land of the rising sun developed a unique garden culture. See Korean gardening.

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