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Jardín botánico de Montréal: Japón


A tea garden, ROJI in Japanese, is intended to prepare guests for the tea ceremony. Such gardens traditionally have two parts, an outer garden and an inner one, leading to the tea house. Like the tea ceremony itself, the design of these gardens is based on techniques and rules developed over hundreds of years. The stones and plants are carefully arranged to create sober, natural-looking tableaux. The shrubs, like the serviceberry used here, highlight the cycle of the seasons. The moss suggests the passage of time. The tobi-ishi, or stepping stones, direct visitors' footsteps.Everything in this orderly garden inspires calm and serenity. The tsukubai, the basin in which visitors wash before the tea ritual, forces them to stoop and show their humility, a prerequisite for the ceremony. The stone lantern, created for tea gardens, plays a practical and aesthetic role. A visit to a tea garden is a pleasant experience, offering beauty for the eyes and harmony for the soul.

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