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Japanese Water Gardens

Ponds are a central element of most gardens and often represent real or mythical lakes or seas. Sometimes they provide a habitat for carps (koi) which introduce additional color and life to the garden – and some say, depending on placement, prosperity!

 

Water as a design element in the garden is crucial even though the presence of water itself is not required as in the dry garden of the karesansui style with its raked sand and gravel which references the timeless motion of the sea and a mere rock can symbolise the auspicious turtle or crane islands which guarantee the garden owner longevity if not immortality.
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