The Japanese garden is intended to bring peace and harmony to the viewer over long periods of meditation. It is basically a green garden. In spring the Azaleas show colour first, and then the Iris.
Water plays an important role in Japanese gardens both for its sight and sound. Yang and Yin (male and female) must always be in concert with one another. Hard rock must be accompanied by soft water.
The focal points of the garden are close together. They include the waterfall and the Pagoda above it (pictured above).
The little granite lantern beside the viewing house was purchased in Japan and is approximately 300 years old (pictured below, left). Beside it is a granite reproduction of a water bowl. The bowl is copied from one seen at the Ryoan-Ji temple outside of Kyoto. Three rocks surround the bowl and were arranged in a non-perfect triangle.
Most parts of a Japanese garden have Buddhist meanings. Most important of all is to produce a feeling of peace and tranquillity. In Japan one doesn't talk in a garden.