"megaphone-shaped" Holiday Home In Japan Prioritises Garden

"Megaphone-shaped" holiday home in Japan prioritises garden This holiday home by Japanese studios Taku Sakaushi Architects and OFDA has a tapered form that broadens towards a garden, but narrows where it meets a road, creating a secluded getaway in Karuizawa.
The site is hemmed on its northern edge by a street and by neighbouring properties on its other sides, so Taku Sakaushi and OFDA tried to create a design that ensures the house is not overlooked.

Japan’s Fantastic Emerald Green Algae

Japan’s fantastic emerald green algaeThink of Japanese gardens and candyfloss clouds of cherry blossom, canopies of bronze-leaved maples and arched red lacquer bridges might come to mind. Yet to me the understated beauty of Japanese horticulture goes far beyond this random collection of individual elements that are really just a handful of Western preconceptions.

10 Magical Japanese Gardens You Must Visit

10 magical Japanese gardens you must visitFor centuries, the Japanese have re-created their favourite native scenery in their gardens, not only in their pond plots but also in their more esoteric-looking stone-and-gravel dry gardens. Travelling by Japan's well-organised transport network is an excellent way to take in the country's scenery. The Shinkansen, or bullet train, provides an exhilarating overview of the country in rapid motion.

200,000 Flowers Create Giant Image Of Obama In Hiroshima

200,000 flowers create giant image of Obama in HiroshimaTwo hundred thousand red, white and blue salvia flowers have been used here to create a giant picture depicting U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.
“We want this picture to convey the desire for peace from Hiroshima where Obama made the historic visit,” said Tatsuya Ohata, 32, senior managing director of the Sera Yurien lily park.

Photo: Colorful Tribute

Photo: Colorful tributeAutumn-colored leaves decorate the slopes of Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, on Sep. 25, 2016. An eruption at the mountain that left 63 dead or missing, the worst volcanic disaster in post-World War II Japan, marks its two-year anniversary on Sept. 27, 2016.

Photo: Taking The Floor

Photo: Taking the floorCitrus sudachi fruits are laid on the floor of a farmhouse in Kamiyama, Kochi Prefecture, for drying. After being dried for three to four days, their moisture content decreases substantially, making it difficult for the fruits to be damaged. If preserved in refrigerators, sudachi can be shipped until early spring next year.

San Mateo Celebrates Japanese Garden Anniversary

San Mateo celebrates Japanese Garden anniversaryFor more than 50 years, San Mateo’s Japanese Garden has served as a symbol of good will and cultural appreciation.

Throughout August, the city is commemorating the anniversary of the tranquil 1-acre garden with special events such as a bonsai workshop, martial arts demonstration, evening gala and more at Central Park near downtown.

Landscaper Lends Japanese Style To Local Gardens

Landscaper lends Japanese style to local gardensKoji Morimoto grew up in a peaceful village living “a classic Japanese lifestyle.” Only after immigrating to the United States in 1992, landing in California, then moving to upstate New York, did he fully appreciate what he had and became serious about Japanese gardening.

Tokyo’s Ultimate Japanese Garden At Chinzan-so

Tokyo’s Ultimate Japanese Garden at Chinzan-soIn few countries have the peace and serenity of nature been cultivated into stylized gardens, as Japan. The very term “Japanese garden” conjures up a sense of zen, where the placement of rocks is as important as the selection of flowers. The country has even designated three major gardens as national treasures.

Japanese Garden Vandalised In 1960s To Reopen

Japanese garden vandalised in 1960s to reopenA historic Japanese garden destroyed by vandals 50 years ago will reopen later this year after being restored.
Work on the Japanese garden at Cowden Castle in Clackmannanshire began in 2014.
Created in the early 1900s by explorer Ella Christie, it is among the few surviving sites of its kind in the UK.

Famed Iris Pond Enjoys Big Splash Of Color With Mass Of Blooms

Famed iris pond enjoys big splash of color with mass of bloomsOne of Japan's most famous ponds for irises is boasting a bonanza of blooms this year.
The “kakitsubata” Japanese irises at the Kozutsuminishiike pond here are much greater in number than in 2015, and the spectacle is attracting a large number of visitors to a quiet pastoral corner of this city in central Japan.