Japanese Garden Hillsides

Back in August, my wife was in Narita Japan, just outside Tokyo. She went running in this park (actually a cemetery) and went back with a camera to take these pictures. I posted on the headstones in the trees here. These are the other shots she took that day. Sorry for the quality of the photos. Young grasshopper not knows not the way of the camera.

Photo on top: This hillside is populated with dozens of small statuary. You may have to click on the photo to see it larger.
The statues are pretty small.

The mix of round hedges and rough rock in this hillside rock garden also have a smattering of small statures.

I don't know much about Japanese gardens and their ceremonial art. But I do like the very vertical elements often used.

There was a long path of these monuments.

This old tree looks like it needs to get along on crutches.

More hillside. I should have posted this on Gardening Gone Wild's Garden Bloggers Design Workshop on Coping with Slopes.

More tree crutches. What did these trees do before mankind was kind enough to prop them up?

The stairs again, from another angle showing the pool & fountain at its base.


  1. I think the photo quality was simply a ruse to return to the land of the crippled trees. Just imagine what it would look like with a dusting of snow. I'd look at booking a ticket right away.

  2. She did pretty good considering it was a disposable camera! He who disses flight attendant wife may have less opportunity to take Rhine River cruises in future...

  3. I love the minimalist design of the Japanese garden. The polar opposite of my plant gluttony cram-scaping. Diversity in all things. Kudos to wifey.

  4. what a thrill to be in that setting!

  5. BarbaraPC,
    Snow would look great. (can't believe I just wrote that.)

    Wish I'd seen it myself. My wife was duly impressed.

    I think she borrowed my digital camera for these. When she was there the week earlier, she used a friend's disposable. When lighting's not ideal, if you're not used to digital cameras (or SLRs for that matter) getting a good photo is tough!

    Cram-scaping. I like that. That describes my front yard!

    Geno's Garden,
    Wish it had been me. My wife was able to go for a run in thes cemetery/park two-weeks running.

  6. Just beautiful, wondrous and wild. I'd be running back for my camera, too. And I don't run.

    P.S. Any news on the Buffalo Spring Fling dates?

  7. Helen,
    It's looking like Spring Fling will be the weekend of July 9, 10 & 11 (a Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Elizabeth and I are sitting down this week to sketch out an agenda and start planning how to get the word out. We already have a hotel lined up for the group and I'm sure Elizabeth has some sponsors either already asked or to be considered. We've also already mentioned the bloggers' visit to the Convention & Visitors Bureau and they'll be looking at ways to help us.

  8. Stunning shots..I love the place..It looks like the tress were trimmed. Is it their original growth..?.
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  9. This is truly amazing I like the work that you have done.Thanks for sharing new Art.I think you will be successful..

  10. These are amazing. I would love to visit some day.


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