Japanese gardens are famous for usage of materials from nature and modern Japanese gardens do not differ from this classic style in the history of Japan. A Japanese garden is designated to create a peaceful atmosphere that is ideal for relaxation and meditation.
The key elements that are characteristic of modern Japanese gardens include water, sand, stones, decorative ornaments.
When it comes to Japanese gardens, nothing can affect the harmony and the size of the garden. Everything is beautifully arranged and the scale of each element, presented within the space, must be respected.
The layout of modern Japanese garden usually starts with the stones as they seem to be the key element of the whole garden. The stones are always used in odd numbers and they can be scattered around or grouped in triangular shapes.
The stones can be used for different purposes in the modern Japanese gardens. For instance, they can be used as stepping stones that provide interesting perspective for the viewer or give a view to a mountain or a hill or simply a path of stone may cross the garden and serve as the garden path.
The use of stones also represents human emotions or natural elements such as hills and mountains, so this is the reason why stones are a common feature in the sophisticated Japanese garden.
The water is also an important element, but it is usually used in the form of lakes and artificial waterfalls.
One of the most commonly used decorative elements in Japanese gardens are garden stone lanterns.