About garden

Japanese Garden

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ABOUT GARDEN

The biggest Japanese garden in Europe holds more than 1000 Bonsai collection, Sakura trees and the stone garden. It’s located in the western coastal area of Lithuania, near Kretinga city, and more than 100,000 people has visited the garden by 2018.

HISTORY

Šarūnas Kasmauskas, the gardens’ creator, first dreamt of creating a garden when he was in his 30’s. He knew back then, although he was a medical doctor by profession, his heart is with the nature not with the medical career. 10 years later when he saw pictures of the Japanese gardens in Kyoto, he knew he must create his own Japanese garden.
With the help of the late Rokas Valčius, who studied the gardening in Japan, Šarūnas met the Japanese garden master, Hajime Watanabe.
In October 2007, the creation of the biggest Japanese garden in Europe was begun, and has been continuing ever since.

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Japanese garden sights

JAPANESE GARDEN GATES are a mystical element, signifying the point of collision of two worlds and a passage to the garden world. According to the traditional Japanese construction technology, oak gate logs are being prepared without use of any mechanical tools. No nails or screws are used in the gate construction.
STONE LANTERNS used to be placed at the crucial points in the garden to illuminate the passage. Even if the lanterns are not lit, the tall stone lanterns placed along the path indicated a visitor where the passage leads to. Our garden lanterns are hand made out of a solid stone in Japan 100-200 years ago.
DREAM-COME-TRUE FENCE It is popular in Japan to write down your dreams on the paper strip and tie it on a bamboo fence. It is believed that only the written dreams come true.
TSUKUBAI is the special stone basin with a bamboo chute, whose function is more similar to water basins than to luxurious fountain. Tsukubai offers people to stop and bend over to wash hands.
TEA HOUSE At the tea house, the Japanese green tea “Matcha” is served in a traditional way. “Matcha” tea is drunk from a bowl, and it is said, that by drinking the tea with both hands wrapped around a bowl, one can concentrate more on drinking itself, contemplate on himself and his thoughts, and find a spiritual balance. Read more...
SAKURA– Sakura – it is a Japanese cherry tree, valued for its flowers. Sakura blossoms can be in different shades of pink and white. “Hanami” is the traditional Sakura-blossom-viewing celebration. It is one of the most expected events of the year. The Sakura’s blooming season is in May.
A POND and three streams – “Past”, “Present” and “Future” – were formed out of the few natural springs that were found at the highest garden spot. The Japanese and Crucian carps live in the pond alongside some Lithuanian fishes
STONE CIRCLE is a symbol of unity and harmony, which is reflected in various spheres of life. This circle formed in our garden symbolically combines the ancient Baltic and Japanese respect for stones. It is a ritualistic place together with a nearby ritualistic bonfire, which would be lit on the sacred occasions.Read more...
HEALER STONE - the pyramid-shaped stone - was found among other stones brought to the garden. Master gardener H. Watanabe placed it in such a way to display its unique shape. Some visitors reported having felt a positive energy coming out of the stone. Sit down with your back against the stone; perhaps you can also feel the warmth of energy that the stone is emitting.
MUSICIAN HILL has been standing this spot since the ancient times, and our garden was build around it. At the arrival of the enemies from the sea, the first warning fire used to be ignited on the Birutė hill in Palanga, the second – on the Musician hill, and this way all the Samogitia was being warned about the coming danger.
WATERFALL (2 m height) was created using the large stones found in the nearby region. The landscape and vegetation around the waterfall was designed to remind a visitor the cascading waterfall in the Japanese valleys. The plants by the waterfalls are those found in the Japanese valleys.
JAPANESE MAPLE trees signals the arrival of Autumn as much as Sakura trees signal the arrival of Spring. In our garden, the season of colored maples leaves is in October-November.  
ROKAS VAIČIUS from Klaipėda was studying bonsai and gardening in Japan. In 2004 he introduced Master Hajime Watanabe to help create the Japanese garden in Lithuania. From the beginning Rokas supported to create the garden. In 2012 we lost Him in an accident. In the honour of Rokas, his friend landscape artist Hidemi Onishi created a mound. Master H. Watanabe assembled the stone composition – table stone on the top of the hill, so Rokas’ soul could see the entire garden.
BONSAI is the combination of two words: „Bon“ ir „Sai“. The word "Bon" in Japanese means tray, and the word “Sai“ – to grow or plant. Literally translated word means "to plant on the tray" or "to grow on the tray". Master Hajime Watanabe has created bonsai garden, in which currently about thousand vases of up to 200-year-old bonsai trees are on display. Read more...
SHISHI-ODOSHI is the unique element in the Japanese garden. The water runs through a bamboo tube and drips down to another open-end-bamboo tube which, when filled with water, flips down and loudly hits the stone. In the ancient time, Japanese farmers had used this device to scare the wild animals that caused the damage in the fields.
STONE GARDEN is like a fireplace at home, the place where you can get relax and warmth every day. The garden is like the sea that rinses off the lonely islands and you, sitting on the shore, learn to look inside yourself, to delve into the depths of your soul, to escape from anxiety and fast pace of life. Read more...
KATSURA RIKYU is the famous Japanese garden in Kyoto whose design influenced the design of the lower garden. This area is currently under construction. Every year we are landscaping, planting trees and laying the paths.
PLANT SHOP In our garden shop you can purchase bonsai trees, pots and a variety of tree and shrubs for your garden.
STONES About 12 000 tons of stones of various sizes were brought and used in our garden. The stones scattered among the hills imitate the stones naturally found in the field and in the mountains.
HILLS Forming small hills in the landscape is a technique widely used in the Japanese garden. By creating different height and size of hills, a certain depth and movements are added to the landscape, making the place appear to be larger and deeper.