You want zen? Then you should not miss Himeji Garden. I have a soft spot for Japan so when I discovered that there was a Japanese garden right in the middle of the city, I had to go see it. I don’t know what it is sometimes but I just love the structure and serenity of a Japanese garden. They appeal to me in a way that I can’t quite describe.

The ancient city of Himeji and Adelaide became sister cities in 1982 so this garden with hours of voluntary work from Japanese garden designers was built to symbolize the bond of friendship between the two cities. And the fact it is located but a stones throw away from the city is a sheer bonus.

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This garden can be divided into two separate sections or rather styles if you like. There is the ‘senzui’ which is the lake and mountain style and ‘kare senzui’ which is the dry garden style where they consist mainly of only rocks and sand.

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What more can I say other than show you the photos and some descriptions from pamphlet we picked up from the entrance (entry is free to the Himeji Garden)

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The entrance to the garden modelled in the style of a Japanese temple
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Water bowl (Chozubachi) where visitors may purify themselves by washing their hands and mouth. 
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The Black Pine, symbolizes courage and adversity by its refusal to shed its leaves in winter. One of the most important trees of Japan. Its long life also symbolizes immortality.

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Okunoin doro is a granite lantern presented by the City of Himeji. Its Japanese inscription reads: For the friendship of the two cities.
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The sea of sand. Viewers are invited to imagine the sea with its islands and continents.
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Shishi-odoshi or deer scarer. Used by farmers, the large bamboo fills with water until horizontal. It then empties by tipping over and hiting the rock with a ‘clack’
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The water garden

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