What Is A Japanese Feng Shui Rock Garden?

What is a Japanese Feng Shui rock garden? Japanese style rock gardens revolve around the idea of Feng Shui. "Japanese rock gardens are as broad as what you can imagine," says Laddie Flock, owner of Natural...

"Japanese rock gardens are as broad as what you can imagine," says Laddie Flock, owner of Natural Rock Formations, a company that has been in business for 17 years and has experience in all different styles and themes of rock gardens. Natural Rock Formations is one of the largest distributors of natural stone products on the Pacific coast and has been featured in many publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Landscape and Irrigation magazine. Their website can be found at www.natrok.com.

However, it is important to point out that Feng Shui, which has been around for over 3000 years and first came from Taoism, is not a Japanese concept, but instead comes from the Chinese. Although the Chinese term "??" is used in both Japan and Korea, in Japanese it is called fusui and in Korea it is called pung-su. So the more correct questions would be, "What is a Feng Shui rock garden?" or "What is a Japanese fusui rock garden?"

Flock says, "There is a garden that they call Feng Shui, which is basically the movement of energy in a really fluid flowing direction."

According to Dictionary.com, the defintion of Feng Shui is,the "rules in Chinese philosophy that govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy (qi); the favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into consideration in designing and siting buildings and graves and furniture."
The words "Feng Shui" literally translate from Chinese into "wind and water". Bookstores now carry entire sections on the art of this ancient practice.

Flock says, "So, again there are lots of books on Feng Shui including the type of furniture and certain angles your desk or your couches should be in alignment to the light that comes in the room. Feng Shui simply is the movement of energy in a very graceful form. That has a lot of different disciplines, but shapes are usually round and graceful and there are very few sharp angles. Everything has a curve to it, almost like the tail of a dragon."

According to Wikipedia.com. "Traditional feng shui uses a specialized compass called a Luopan, and a comprehensive array of calculations involving mathematical iterations. It has foundation texts, core theories and methods, and an impressive past based on archeological discoveries and the work of archeoastronomers."

If you want to construct your own Feng Shui rock garden you will need to study several books or have a Feng Shui expert help you in the designing of your garden. An expert can draw out a plan for you which you can then either hire someone to build or build it yourself. But in order for it to be a truely Feng Shui decide you will either have to have some experience with Feng Shui itself, or get help from someone who does.

Regarding the Japanese concept of fusui, Flock says, "Japanese style is really subject to interpretation; after viewing their customs and their art and history you can see how those elements can be put within your garden."

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