Indulge in the authentic and enchanting Japanese Garden

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Indulge in the authentic and enchanting Japanese Garden

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The San Fernando Valley is a place of excitement and diversity.  Unfortunately, the constant heat, traffic and overall hustle and bustle can often tire out locals.  However, there is a way to escape the valley without ever leaving.  The Japanese Garden, located in Van Nuys, provides an oasis of tranquility and calmness.  The garden of water and fragrance is rich in elements of Japanese history and culture, providing a replication of the serene aura found in Japanese environments.  The elaborate gardens constructed in Japan are often a symbol of wealth and social status long ago, and only the rich and powerful could enjoy the privilege of owning a garden.  However, this Japanese Garden intends to bring a taste of the Japanese lifestyle to Los Angeles for all of the public to share, using aesthetics and qualities that gardens in Japan commonly exhibit.

Consisting of approximately six and a half acres of land, the area is fashioned after the manors of Japanese feudal lords of the 18th century.  As an authentic replication of a Japanese garden, the garden incorporates multiple factors of the Japanese culture such as a dry karesansui, which is a dry garden that achieves beauty through a careful arrangement of rocks, blossoms and other components.  Other aspects include a wet garden with a promenade chisen, which is a popular style of design that contains a large body of water as the center of the landscape.  There is also an authentic tea room on the property made of tatami mat, which is the common flooring in Japanese homes and buildings.

“The balance of positive and negative forces, Yin & Yang, are ever present here,” said Garden Director Gene Greene on www.thejapanesegarden.com.  “The skillful blending of traditional Japanese landscaping with modern Occidental architecture is used to unite the desires of the human spirit with the exquisite beauty of a Japanese garden with the need for an abundant supply of fresh water.”

The Japanese Garden also holds a number of events and orientations throughout the year, taking advantage of the radiant setting to enhance any experience.  This garden specializes in numerous presentations that center around the Japanese culture  including origami classes and kamishibai, also known as Japanese story-telling.  Guests are encouraged to wear kimonos to fully enjoy the cultural experience.

The facility utilizes the L.A. River and other smaller creeks to help transform the area into a place of natural artistry and allure.  This natural getaway also collaborates with the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, which combines advanced wastewater treatment technology to beautify the garden. The plant produces reclaimed water while distributing it back out without affecting public health.  The main purpose of this is to relieve the overburdened portions of the wastewater collection system that expand across L.A.  The filtration process includes removing solids and thoroughly scalping through the water with backwash sand filters.  Chlorine is then added to the remaining liquid as a form of disinfection.  The reclaimed water is then released for reuse, and the plant takes care to not release any waste into the L.A. River.

The Japanese Garden is a  hidden gem of the San Fernando Valley and is truly the perfect spot to meditate, relax or relieve oneself from the pressures of life.  Next time you are feeling worn down, enjoy the pleasures that the Japanese Garden has to offer.  Get ready to fully immerse yourself into the Japanese culture by transporting yourself thousands of miles away without ever truly leaving Los Angeles.

6100 Woodley Ave.
 Van Nuys, CA, 91406

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