The term ‘Japanese Garden’ is a broad phrase that can refer to a variety of different landscapes, from formal to informal. A Japanese garden typically includes a tea house, water features such as ponds, streams, and waterfalls, as well as rocks and trees that have been arranged to create the perfect setting for relaxation.
The most popular Japanese gardens, or karesansui – or rock garden, is a known attraction to those who visit Japan. Karesansui is an ancient art form stemming from the philosophical teachings of Zen Buddhism and include large expanses of water and stones to represent nature. The garden should be entered as if it were a natural space and as such has few artificial elements.
These gardens are often created by Japanese people living in other countries so that they can experience the same tranquil beauty as they once had back home.
There are a few gardens in the Seattle area where you can see these gardens and enjoy their beauty.
There site says they are not open until March 2022
Seattle’s UPS Plaza is a small but lovely little park. It is located in the heart of downtown and commemorates the first UPS building. The pool and Japanese Garden were designed by Japanese landscape architect Yoshi.
Japanese Tea Garden
Seattle has a hidden gem on the grounds of Seattle University. This simple, understated park provides the perfect sanctuary from the buzz of hospitals and other action nearby on Capitol Hill. The location is not well known but worth exploring if you’re in the area for an errand or meeting.
Seattle is Built on Native Land
THE CITY OF SEATTLE RESIDES ON THE TRADITIONAL LAND OF THE COAST SALISH PEOPLES, PAST AND PRESENT. WE HONOR WITH GRATITUDE OUR SHARED LAND AND WATERWAYS, AS WELL AS THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF OUR INDIGENOUS NEIGHBORS.