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Japanese Garden - Garden of Partnership

Japanese garden is an integral part of Japanese culture. Throughout the ages it embraced religion, art and a respectful approach to nature.

Garden creation art practice in Ancient Japan reaches the seventh century, Nara period (710-794), in which the influence of China was strongly felt.

Since we have pagan roots, the Japanese love of nature and respect for all elements of nature will not be difficult to understand.

For the purposes of uncovering the greatness of stones and the strength of the area the idea of a Japanese garden has been chosen. Samogitians are the last pagans in Europe. Traditional Japanese religion is Shinto (Eng. "way of the gods"). It is a pagan religion, whose object of the worship is kami – nature and it's elements (trees, mountains, stones, springs) or phenomena.

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Japanese garden sights

Japanese garden gates have a special meaning. It is also a mystical element, signifying the point of collision of two worlds and letting the visitors to the garden world. According to 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.
Purpose of the lanterns is not as much to spread the light, but to sketch certain garden spots. In fact, lanterns in the modern Japanese gardens are more of the decoration elements. Our garden lanterns are handmade of the stone in Japan 100 - 200 years ago.
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 down dreams come true.
The special dish with bamboo chutes, a symbol of purity and innocence, which is used for purely practical reasons, and its function is more similar to water basins than to luxurious fountain. Tsukuba offers the passing through it person to stop and bend over to wash hands.
As the tea ceremony is directed to a spiritual balance, it is also popular in our times, which are characterized by an active spiritual destruction. When life starts to gush like a stirred up river, bringing a lot of pain, stress, sometimes you need to stay on the coast. The place, where a man could talk to himself, to beauty, to come back to himself, to his thoughts and all of that what is not included in the "everyday" concept is needed. Tea drinking ceremony in our Tea house is a perfect place for that.

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Sakura – Japanese cherry is grown as decorative trees. Sakura blossoms can be in different shades of pink or white. Hanami is a traditional Sakura blossoms observation celebration. It is one of the most expected events of the year. Each of you can grow your own Sakura in this alley.
In the highest garden spot we have found a few sources that is why we decided to dig a pond and to form of them the three streams – „Past“, „Present“ and „Future“. Among Lithuanian fish we have Japanese carps and crucian carps in our pond.

Feeding Japanese carps and crucian carps with a specially designed food.

Since ancient time the stones were considered sacred in the Lithuania. The elders knew their value, realized the Soul, and so were able to use them for their own purposes. Only the person, whose consciousness is sufficiently broad can build special stones and really powerful complexes. For the purposes of interaction with the Common Consciousness in yourself, the stone can be a convenient and affordable mean: it can be touched, you can hold it and feel safe, it can be both beautiful and mysterious.

We have brought and used about 12 000 tones of various sized stones. All the stones are placed and arranged in a certain order in certain places, and this creates a good energy.

In our garden Japanese have formed a number of hills. Man may call a lot of places being strong. Many of them are situated on the hills, in the hills or above them. This strength is related not only with important points of the Earth, but also with embedded in them human spiritual energy: we feel it the way it was given and added to the place...
Stone is the eternal substance on the planet. This is why the oldest items on Earth have been made of stone.

Stone - the energy-absorbing material, which contains quartz crystals. These can save the information for ages and spread it to the environment by a certain form of vibrations. People are able to operate quartz vibrations by arranging stones in a certain manner.

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Pyramid-shaped stones usually stand in strong energetic points. Conscious about it and energetically clean enough people know, that these points offer gateways to other dimensions, and thus to the next level of consciousness. Nature shows us everything. These are the signs that can be seen only by those who are ready to watch and read them.
In ancient times in Lithuania an altar was built or ritual stone was placed on every higher hill. The higher the hill was, the more important the altar was considered. The strength and energy of the ancient Lithuanian sacred places placed on the hills depends on the hill itself, past and the spiritual potential of the people who prayed, offered sacrifices, and created out there.

In ancient times, by the arrival of the enemies from the sea, the first fire was being 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.

2-meter high waterfall formed from boulders found in Samogitia.
In 2004 I started to look for people who could help me to create a Japanese garden. Accidentally I met Rokas Vaičius from Klaipėda, who studied the art of bonsai and gardening in Japan. He offered to write a letter to his Master Watanabe. In a month Master has visited a future garden spot. Rokas felt a responsibility to be in our garden next to his Master in Lithuania. Thanks to Rokas Japanese arrived and helped us to create our garden. Thus he can be called one of the creators of the garden. He was happy when the work went smoothly, tried to help to make the right decisions, when we failed. He has always been there for us. He was a necessary link between the Master and me. Not only interpreting. It was much more.

To honour one of the creators of the garden Rokas Vaičius his friend the Land artist Hidemi Onishi has formed a mound. Master Hajime Watanabe on the top of this mound has built a dolmen.

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". Very often people mistakenly think that bonsai is a separate tree species, but it is a form of art expressed through growing of all kinds of plants and trees. You will probably ask why it is a form of art?

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This is a specific creation of the Japanese garden. The water is pumped to it through a bamboo tube, water flows in a thin stream to the other open end of the bamboo tube which when filled with water at one end moves down and loudly hits the stone. After, the tube rises again and the cycle repeats again. In ancient time Japanese farmers have used this device to scare the wild animals that caused the damage in the fields.
There are different options of the composition of the dry garden. Most of the times it has the central "mountain" and the surrounding "hills" - stones, boulders. Sand "river" simulates the flow of water, indicating "how difficult and confusing our life can be and how easy it is to get lost and how hard it is to find the truth". This kind of river usually flows into the ocean - big sandy area with small waves. The hills remind us of the rocks and wavy, rippling landscape.

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In our garden shop you can purchase bonsai trees, pots and a variety of tree and shrub plantings.

Upcoming season garden objects:

The bowl positioned in the ground into which the water drops. Because of the special bowl structure, the dripping water emits a pleasant tone.
 
 
 
Flaming maple (red leaves) season starts in October-November.
 
„If you want to be happy one night - get drunk, if you want to be happy all year long - get married, if you want to be happy all the time - start creating a garden“ /Japanese proverb/.

 

YOUR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Japanese garden is a unique space in the Baltic countries for different family oriented, cultural, business events in the open air or in temporary lightweight construction tents.

 

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Support the development of the Japanese garden - purchase one of the Japanese stone lanterns and water basins, bonsai trees, bonsai pots, tree and shrub plantings available in our shop.

Product categories:

  • STONE LANTERNS (AGE UP TO 180 YEARS) AND SMALL WATER POOLS >>>
  • Bonsai TREES >>>
  • Bonsai POTS
  • TREE AND SHRUB PLANTINGS >>>