Here are four landscape favourites to look out for when enjoying your visit to these beautiful gardens
The Garden Lake
The Garden Lake, essentially the senzui, is a man-made lake designed to replicate the heart or the soul of the human mind. Water flows into a lake from a waterfall while the lake waters are designed to be calm. According to Buddhism, the calmness or stillness of the water offers tranquillity of the mind.
The Tea House is integral to all Japanese Gardens and was a central element of the Japanese culture. The building materials used in constructing the Himeji Garden tea house were timber and thatch, to represent a Zen temple. The Tea House is designed to bring serenity in the tea ceremony participants.
Matsu Pine Trees
Matsu pine trees are located near the lake. Known as the Black Pine in Japan, the trees were actually transported from the country. They are an important Japanese symbol, one of displaying courage during times of adversity, since they are evergreen and don’t shed leaves in winter.
Japanese Gardens were designed to be places of reflection and meditation. They were considered as holy places, which is why the gate is designed like a temple. To explore the garden in true Japanese spirits, visitors can wash their hands in the water bowl next to the gate. According to the Japanese, kneeling to wash hands prepares visitors to appreciate the true beauty of the garden.
The Himeji Garden is located just off South Terrace in the south-eastern portion of the Adelaide Parklands.
Come and enjoy the serene calm.