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The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

A landscape with deeper meaning

 
 
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2009
1. The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Marker
Inscription. In the gardens of Japan, nature is rarefied, abstracted, and interpreted to reveal lessons about life and our own place in the larger scheme of things. Symbolic elements imbue the landscape with deeper meaning. Among the major features of the Japanese Garden are water, including the pond, which shapes and reflects vistas, and a waterfall, which denotes constant change. A shire dedicated to the Shinto god of the harvest is nestled in the pine grove. Found throughout the Japanese Garden are stone lanterns, used today for sculptural effect. With its lanterns, stones, pond, and evergreens, as well as its bridges and other architectural elements, the Japanese garden retain its beauty in all the seasons.
The Brooklyn Botanical gardenís Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is considered the masterpiece of Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota. It was first opened to the public in 1915.

Symbolism in the Japanese garden
Pines are a symbol of longevity. These evergreens also represent permanence, in contrast to the ever-changing aspects of nature.
The pond is in the shape of the Japanese character denoting “heart.”
Rocks are used in a variety of ways. Some are believed to be conduits of Ki, life energy. Others are religious symbols or sculptural elements.

 
Location.
Insert - The Drum Bridge and Island in 1915. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2009
2. Insert - The Drum Bridge and Island in 1915.
40° 40.117′ N, 73° 57.767′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Mary Pinkett Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11225, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of the Statue of Liberty, circa 1900 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ionic Capital and Column Base, circa 1901 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Four Pairs of Pegasus Figures, 1934 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atlantes Figures, circa 1899 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pilaster Capitals, 1898 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Plaque, circa 1885 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nine Keystones, circa 1924/"Night", circa 1910 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Dongan Oak (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
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Insert - From left to right: the Shinto shrine, Wooden Bridge and Waterfall, and Island in 1914. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2009
3. Insert - From left to right: the Shinto shrine, Wooden Bridge and Waterfall, and Island in 1914.
Insert - The Drum Bridge in 1922. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2009
4. Insert - The Drum Bridge in 1922.
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2009
5. The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
The Shinto Shrine image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2009
6. The Shinto Shrine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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