Japanese Gardens

Last spring, John and I traveled to Korea and Japan for two weeks. I have never been to Asia before, so it was such an eye-opening experience for me. One of the highlights of the trip was The Nezu Museum in Tokyo, designed by the architect Kengo Kuma. The renovated main building of the museum was open and modern, with some elements reminiscent of traditional Japanese architecture. But what I really loved was the lush garden behind it. It was an enchanted forest with little winding white gravel paths that led to different vignettes. 

I was reminded of this trip because Gardenista just published a post about a Japanese-inspired garden in Westchester County, New York and it's a beauty! The elements - tall grasses, crushed granite pebbles, large rocks and structural trees - work together in harmony to create a visually interesting, yet calming space for many different activities including raking!

One day, I hope I can have a Japanese meets Baltic garden of my own with pine trees and birches that still let light through, tall grasses that rustle in the wind, and big rocks to sit on. Some items that are on my wishlist:

A gravel rake to keep my paths clean and organized that is pretty enough to have out on display.

A gravel rake to keep my paths clean and organized that is pretty enough to have out on display.

Reed fencing to easily hide any unsightly corners or to create an intimate nook.

Reed fencing to easily hide any unsightly corners or to create an intimate nook.

A Jasper Morison bench for contemplating my wonderful life now that I have a garden, and can afford said bench. Big enough for my friends and dog too!

A Jasper Morison bench for contemplating my wonderful life now that I have a garden, and can afford said bench. Big enough for my friends and dog too!

Chabako Tea Box for making a perfect cup of matcha.

Chabako Tea Box for making a perfect cup of matcha.

Eames Wire Base Table to rest my book and tea (honestly, more like iPhone and LaCroix but shhh).

Eames Wire Base Table to rest my book and tea (honestly, more like iPhone and LaCroix but shhh).