The Japanese garden

In the Japanese culture gardens are considered three-dimensional textbooks of Daoism and Zen Buddhism and the Japanese rock gardens were intended to be intellectual puzzles for the monks who lived next to them to study and solve. The Japanese garden is a miniature and idealized view of nature. Smaller gardens are often designed to incorporate the view of features outside the garden, such as hills, trees or temples, as part of the view. At the heart of the Japanese garden is the principle that a garden is a work of art. The idea to create a Japanese garden in a regained area, as Garbatella one, came from the need to have the opportunity, also in the city, to have a relaxed place and to do a relaxing activity. 

Objectives

Materials

Implementation

Evaluation

Evaluation

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Citizens were very interested during the realisation phase and also after, they used to go to the garden and have a rest.

The attention level of the children and teacher during the theoretical presentation and the practical exercitation.

The citizens take care of the garden during the activities

There were no acts of vandalism

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To find the needed materials (rocks and pebbles) and to bring them on site. The costs of these materials.

The garden needs a lot of upkeep

Acts of vandalism are possible

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Aims and Outcomes

Aims

The involvement in the embellishment of a public area can represent a good example to make citizens aware of the importance of taking care and maintaining common spaces. The aims of this practice are:

  • To restore/save a degraded area and make it accessible to citizens
  • To present and to spread the ancient Japanese culture of gardening
  • To educate children and adults the love for nature and for “beauty”
  • To inform about the practice and the historical evolution of the Japanese gardens with a practical approach, to create Japanese gardens on a reduced-scale.
  • To create a relaxing place for citizens in an urban context  

Outcomes

The Japanese garden took the attention of the neighborhood and the regained area is now a place where people have a break, stop and relax themselves.

During the elementary school course, the teacher and the children participated with a lot of interest and they also involved the parents. This dynamic experience freed their fantasy.