Japanese gardens – purism, authenticity, perfection …

        These three definitions mainly characterize my vision of the Japanese garden: purism, authenticity and perfection.

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If a dictionary is opened, it will be read that purism corresponds to the desire to respect in the smallest details the principles of an art. However, this does not exclude, for me, evolution and/or borrowing, from the moment they fit into its basic principles.
Authenticity defines the character of what is accurate, original, sincere, a truth that can not be contested.
As for the perfection, it corresponds to the state of something which is perfect in its kind, a quality of mind carried to the highest degree, the achievement of an ideal without falling in its perverse sides.

purism, authenticity, perfection - Niwaki and Japanese gardens - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com www.jardinsplenitudezen.com

So, even if it is displeasing to some people, it’s just like that … simply because it’s my Way, my path of Life, a real choice that pleases me to the highest point. I fell in it when I was a tiny girl aged just four years old …
I do not oblige anyone to join, nor do I try to convert, nor do I want to waste my time “discussing”, each considering what he senses as the only valid point of view. I simply express what impresses me, makes me vibrate, arouses emotion in me … I share what I regularly learn at source from Japanese specialists because it excites me.
Afterwards, everyone does as he wants, sincerely as long as it does not harm anyone, it matters little to me. If a person wants to name his creation as “Japanese garden” because it has only placed a lantern, a cut tree and a few stone steps, that’s his business, not mine. If that’s enough to satisfy her … we simply do not have the same values.

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Now, why does my choice so many insecure some persons, what makes them feel so threatened, sometimes creating rather disproportionate reactions, I do not know … I have not the answers for them, but, I have to say, it’s quite amazing and amusing !

purism, authenticity, perfection - Niwaki and Japanese gardens - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com www.jardinsplenitudezen.com

Thank you to Kanetsuna san for all this beauty…


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