Japanese gardens attract and intrigue us because they are so different from Western gardens in their design, elements, and purpose.
A garden may be constructed around a single view, or built to encompass numerous shifting focal points. It may be a compact private niche off the open-sided room of a residence, or it may cover acres, with hillocks, paths, and expansive vistas. It may be meant for seated viewing, a setting for the tea ceremony, or for strolling. Japanese gardeners were drawing on textbooks of garden design as early as the 11th century, and garden styles have evolved as their creators have fashioned different theaters for metaphor, meditation, pleasure, and enrichment.
Yume Japanese Gardens expresses five of these traditional visions, complemented by a modern garden and a sculpture garden.