Coco Chanel said : “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance…”
And what is valid in fashion is also true for any artistic creation that wants to be elegant and refined. Do not be mistaken. All that is forced, exaggerated, conspicuous, too flashy … is simply kitsch, even crude.
This is also true in niwaki and Japanese garden !
Here is the elegance…
And here is the exaggerated, raucous, too flashy… “pompom” style, as the Americans call it. Just as conspicuous as our flower beds of begonias, carnations, petunias and other annuals very colored and mixed.
Is there really a need for a longer speech…?
For nearly ten years that I have been traveling to Japan every year, or even several times a year, I have never seen this ! Sometimes, in the streets, some vaguely resembling prunings, similar to big broccoli because of very old subjects, but in the gardens, never ! It is a pity that in the West, very few people understand this concept … In gardens in Japan, there are very few trees shaped in one m², or in a very natural style, simply because in their very refined vision of aesthetics, “more, it’s less”. When there is too much, you can not see anything …! And when it is too exaggerated, one moves away precisely from this true elegance …
Thank you to Frédéric for these very informative photos brought back from the United States.