Outrage Sunday 196 karesansui Edgewater

Thanks to Snuff I have been boning up on the epic art of Japanese rock gardens, or karesansui. I went back to Edgewater – the very name hints at the art – to immerse myself in the verge masterpieces.
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There is paving at Ryōan-ji, and there is paving here. The obelisks erode, reminding us that our time here is temporary. To paraphrase Nishon: if the ducks quack, but we are not there, have they really quacked?
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This lush tableaux salutes the moss garden at Saihō-ji. Each Astroturf blade has been carefully placed. The bricks are a bridge over the river, inviting us into the grove.
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I knocked on the door here: the resident said his garden was called The Solitude of Crowds. We discussed a certain Kobe garden. He invited me to sit on the porch of his hojo. We watched the monoliths erode.
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I found this a little showy (but what do I know!). A miniature landscape within a miniature landscape? And yet it is mostly space.
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As the Sakuteiki says: “There should always be more horizontal than vertical stones.” How would you cross the river to get to the bait table? What better spot to meditate than in a river? That way you become the eroding rock.

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24 Responses to Outrage Sunday 196 karesansui Edgewater

  1. juantrak says:

    If I had to wake up and look out upon a front yard like the last one, every morning – I’d seriously consider committing seppuku.

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  2. Snuff says:

    Magnificent. Once again Perth shows the world how it’s done.

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  3. There’s a lot to lichen about these gardens.

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  4. Rolly says:

    They’ve got rocks in their heads.

    It looks, to me, like a brick of an idea.

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  5. Shreiking Wombat Ninja says:

    Not worst. At least making an effort. And quite uniquely Perth.

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  6. Russell Woolf's Lovechild says:

    Jacarandas must be close to joining cocos on the Worst of … lists. A tribute to the free ranging thought of Perth’s local government mandarins.

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  7. Reign of Error says:

    In ancient times
    Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
    There lived a strange race of people………the Druids

    No one knows who they were
    Or what they were doing.
    But their legacy remains
    Hewn into the living rock of……….STONEHENGE!

    (Smell the Glove LP – 1984)

    I think you mob have the right string, but the wrong yo-yo. This is clearly the work of medieval Faeries and Druids. Can’t you see it?

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  8. Arcadia says:

    Edgewater? The first one is Two Rocks.

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