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Japanese Zen Garden Design Questions Answered!

  1. What is the meaning of Zen in terms of interior design?

    May I know the definination of zen in terms of designing in the room? thanks.

  2. How would you make a desert themed room?

    I want to redo my room and i really like the colors of the desert and arizona in particular. I want to paint my walls a burnt orange color and i was thinking of getting plain black furniture, because it would be easy to match everything. what else can i do to bring the desert into my room? also, i want it to be somewhat zen, how can i combined zen and desert?

  3. What THEME should I have in my house? ex: JAPANESE, THE WHITE HOUSE, OR THE GREEN HOUSE?

    I want to design my own home,...I was thinking about buy all kinds of green furniture and linens to make a green house. or Japanese type furniture (a little bit expensive though) or Chocolate & Vanilla : buy Brown and Cream Furniture or All white,.... like the white house Please choose 1 from above .,.... 10 points for a answer with a good reason why. 10 quick points!!!!!

  4. Garden design advice please?

    I was asked to design a small garden, mostly influenced by zen gardens. The site is shaped like a triangle, and there's bamboo on one of the corners. However, the owners don't want sand or gravel because they have dogs, and the site doesn't seem to be apt for a zen garden (there's a Mexican fountain and a cross), so I thought about using some big rocks, tall ferns (similar to lady ferns), santolina and salvia. Santolina mostly to resemble the color of gravel, and salvia because I like the scent and the purple flowers somewhat resemble Japanese cherry blossoms. Do you have any other recommendations? Thanks for the advice.

  5. Any good romantic places where i could take my gf in Pune?

    Hey are there any good calm and peaceful places in/around Pune where i could possibly take my gf for a day out?

  6. Where do bonsai trees come from?

    These strange mini trees are interesting. Which country do they come from?

  7. Where should I stay in Tokyo when visiting with my 18 month old baby?

    I am visiting Tokyo for a week in feb 09 with my husband and 18 month old baby and was looking for advice on which district it is best to stay in and what activities people found worthwhile... Any hints and tips would be most welcome. Thanks - sarah

  8. I am looking for a rake to use in my japanese gravel beds to designs. normal rakes tines are too narrow?

    anyone know what these rakes are called, where to find them, or how to make them?

  1. The purpose of rock gardens?

    So? I want to buy one to relieve stress, and I heard somewhere that they used to be used by samurai for some reason...But why do people use them?

  2. What makes up a Zen Garden?

    I want to fix up my side yard, specifically into a Zen Garden - I've already got sand that i've added, and besides bonzai trees, what goes into a zen garden?

  3. Zen Garden ?

    What is the significance of placement of stones over rocks? If you were to have it, how would you design them? Does color of the rock placed on top of the white ground gravel matters? If so why?

  4. I am going to Kyoto and Mito Japan in October....?

    ...Any recommendations for places to stay or things to do? Also things not to do would be good. Also, what type of clothes should I take a long?

  5. Can anyone suggest a great japanese place to eat.?

    Should have good service and decent prices. First hand knowlege is appriciated.

  6. What is it with Japanese culture?

    Almost everything in Japanese culture seems so precise so "on track" from classical Japanese architecture to to their martel arts, to even their ink drawings, flower arrangements, classic Japanese music, stage dramas, and even gardens. Everything seems like its done with mindfulness, simple and beautiful, like their tea ceremonies. Its as if the person who created the art, or designed the building, or wrote the play, did it as if they were trying to reach perfection in their skills. So what idea or philosophy created such a culture. Does it have to do with Zen Buddhist ideas? Or does it stem from the native Shinto religion? Is there a name to this "idea" or "philosophy"? What is it with Japanese culture?

  7. What is it with Japanese culture?

    Almost everything in Japanese culture seems so precise so "on track" from classical Japanese architecture to to their martel arts, to even their ink drawings, flower arrangements, classic Japanese music, stage dramas, and even gardens. Everything seems like its done with mindfulness, simple and beautiful, like their tea ceremonies. Its as if the person who created the art, or designed the building, or wrote the play, did it as if they were trying to reach perfection in their skills. So what idea or philosophy created such a culture. Does it have to do with Zen Buddhist ideas? Or does it stem from the native Shinto religion? Is there a name to this "idea" or "philosophy"? What is it with Japanese culture?