Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Description – The master plan for Ju Raku En and the design for the community building and tea house were prepared in Japan after site analysis and intensive background studies by staff of the Nakane Garden Research. Designed by Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto , construction commenced in 1983 after 3 years of planning.
Regarded as Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden, this 4.5 hectare site is jointly owned by University of Southern Queensland and the Toowoomba City Council.
Ju Raku En was opened on 21 April 1989 by Mr Yoshiharu Araki from the Brisbane Consul-General of Japan, but it is still a comparatively young garden and it will take many years for it to be considered complete.
Located on a 3 hectare site, it is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden. The site is jointly owned by USQ and the Toowoomba City Council.
Its elements of mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and lawns combine in a seamless and restful harmony.
Japanese gardens emphasize the use of rocks to create three dimensional pictures in stone. All the large rocks in Ju Raku En were accurately placed by the designer of the garden, Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, so as to appear naturally dispersed in a random way.
Ju Raku En is more than just a group of rocks stitched together by water and artificially created hills and forests. It is actually a presentation of Buddhist paradise with the celestial sea (the lake) lapping the rocky shores of the three islands where the immortals are said to dwell. The material world is the outer edge of the lake and a symbolic journal to paradise may be made by crossing one of the four bridges to the islands.
The master plan for Ju Raku En and the design for the community building and tea house were prepared in Japan after site analysis and intensive background studies by staff of the Nakane Garden Research. Construction commenced in 1983 after 3 years of planning.
It is estimated that over 100,000 people per year visit the garden. Most visitors stroll through the garden or relax on the seat near the Dry Garden; it is not uncommon to see an artist quietly painting a scene or children feeding bread to the fish or birds, which include ducks, geese and smaller natives.
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