From the ancient Shintoist
depths of Japan emerged the belief that divine forces manifest themselves
in various features of nature, such as mountains, waterfalls and trees.
The garden is part of that universe, within which humans must find their
own place outside of any relationship of domination; they will draw their
own energy from this humble attitude, and respect for the primal rhythms
The Japanese garden looks like a natural landscape,
the perfect setting for an encounter between humans and nature, a genuine
relationship with a subtle balance that needs constant redefinition.
Human participation in the ever-changing existence of
the garden is indispensable, not only in its creation, but also in its
upkeep and, lastly, in the gaze of the walker. Whereas a single axis would
impose a mind-numbing, the Japanese garden offers changing vistas from
its various viewpoints with a sophistication rooted in sobriety.