The 3,500 m² Japanese garden is located in the Seepark.It was designed as a partnership gift by the Japanese garden architect Yoshinori Tokumoto from Matsuyama for the people of Freiburg. In the fall of 1989, Yoshinori Tokumoto and three Japanese gardeners, together with 10 gardeners from the Garden of Freiburg, laid out this garden. The grand opening took place on 5 May 1990.
The large rocks selected the Japanese gardeners on the Schauinsland, the pebbles come from a gravel plant on the Rhine, the plants from the city nursery and Freiburger nurseries and the stone lanterns are originals from Japan.The theme of the garden is a watercourse that flows from the source high up in the mountains over a waterfall through wide stream landscapes into the sea (Lake Flückiger). Typical of the Japanese gardens is that these scenes are gathered together on the smallest scale in appropriate scale. The Japanese Garden thrives on the shapes of stones, plants and water structures. Architectural elements such as the tea house (in Freiburg a pavilion), the entrance gate and the stone lanterns increase the tension of the different forms to each other.
Overall, the Japanese expresses a strong bond with nature in his garden. Traditionally, the Japanese Garden should be a place of peace and tranquility. The special care of these gardens, especially the cutting, railing and binding of the trees, have been learned by gardeners of the Freiburg Garden Office in the gardening business of Yoshinori Tokumoto in Matsuyama.
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