In a Japanese garden, everything is clearly designed and planted to create the effect over time of an ageless, timeless oasis where one can contemplate nature and our experience of it.
The entrance sets the tone with its clean lines and carefully planted trees and bushes.
A hidden path always invites exploration in a Japanese garden to see what lies ahead.
A small set of stepping stones encourages one to move slowly and observe the details of the scene.
Water and stone are the yin and yang of a Japanese garden. Together they create this beautiful scene, even as the water slowly wears down the stone.
I have visited Japanese gardens in and around Tokyo, in Sydney, Portland, San Francisco, and now Albuquerque. Each one is different, but they all have the distinctive style that invites contemplation and connection with nature. See if there is one near you to visit.
Wisdom requires not only the the investigation of many things, but contemplation of the mystery.