While it seems odd deviant to find a Chinese Garden in Japan, it is but fitting to be so in Naha. Afterall, Okinawa has been highly exposed and influenced by Chinese culture being its tributary state before it became one of Japan’s prefecture. Such influence is reflected in its art, food and architecture among many other things. What separates Fukushuen Garden from any other Chinese gardens, however, is its authenticity. The garden was designed by officials from Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province, bringing along with them “engineers” and materials all the way from Fuzhou to Okinawa. That is authenticity to a whole new level!
Of all garden types, water garden is my favorite, lake and pond alike. It is a Chinese belief that water symbolizes communication and dreams. I personally believe it to symbolize life that is perhaps why I have always wanted a wall fountain at home. Sorry, but we cannot afford to buy a pond nor a lake nor a huge house to fit all those :)
STONE symbolizes the abode and dwelling of the spirits or the immortals.
PLANTSare representation of the various aspects of life and each plant has a different meaning. Bamboo, for example, represents strength, endurance, flexibility, longevity.
ARCHITECTURE or a small temple, gazebo or a zigzag path aids the visitors in their journey to the self.
And different shapes of Chinese gates is something not to miss at Fukushuen Garden!
Tranquility is what all Chinese gardens and gardens in general are for, and Fukushuen Garden is no exemption. But let me add LOVE (*wink*wink*) to the other elements of a Chinese garden. Essentially not a classic, but err, why not? I may have disappointed hubby when I didn’t agree to go to Osaka for this year’s wedding anniversary celebration. Not that I was not excited over the idea, but I have been wanting to visit Osaka or Kyoto again in autumn to see fall colors. But this day has nothing to complain for, especially that we are happy together, and in a poet’s world, is what truly matters.
TRAVELLER’S NOTE : Entrance to the garden is FREE of charge :)
Congats!! My wife and I recently chose this for a professional photo shoot as a very unique and fitting Far Eastern backdrop. Beautiful photos; thanks for the post!
Thank you Kevin and Jody! I was surprised how picturesque the Garden is, especially the gates and the pagoda. Hubby loooved the dragon pillars!
Had to share your site with others (on our Facebook NPO) as it best shows what Fukushuen Garden is about. Great job and thank you as it has raised my level of anticipation for our next visit.
Thank you Mr. Williams. I hope you enjoy your next visit Sir.
One of my most recommended places to visit in Okinawa is the Valley of Gangala. I hope you can visit it too.