Saturday, January 26, 2013

Alluring Walk at the Japanese Garden

There is always something to explore in the hustle and bustle urban living in the metropolitan center. Despite the modern architectural development and fast-paced living; still people are chasing for natural scenery where they could unwind and release the stress once in a while.

Urban dwellers are presented with different choices and interesting activities for personal growth and development and how blessed it is to have experienced a glimpse of nature in the heart of the metropolis--the wonder that it has to offer.

The Japanese garden offers a tranquil escape from the urban crowd. Found in the vicinity of Rizal park in the district of Ermita, Manila; the place captures the attention of nature lovers in its charm and grandeur. The serenity of the place is conducive for relaxation and to de-stress, which is good for physical and mental well-being.

A little Japanese pagoda serves as the main entrance with Japanese grass on the aisle that is pleasantly alluring walk towards the greener foliage of the garden. The landscape makes it a good place for the growing trees and shrubs and the lush greenery ambiance that truly soothes the senses making it healthy for early morning walk and exercise.

Located inside is the veranda for relaxation or other activities like meditation or recollection. One just need to sit down and relax and enjoy the stillness of the place and the calmness it offers. A momentary relief from stress is experienced if one has to do deep breathing and physical awareness.

The lawn on the hilly side with shrubs and Japanese bamboo looks revitalizing. It made me to realize its resilience against the breeze of the wind as it gently sways and bent but remains to be strongly rooted on the ground. Just like in the reality of life, people are sometimes bent by struggles and miseries, but has to remain flexible and rooted like a Japanese bamboo. The most challenging moments in life may have been thrown out, but like a Japanese bamboo, it remains to stand still and going with the natural flow.

The Japanese bamboo looks like thin and weak in a glance, but has survived the extreme weather and even the aftermath of a typhoon. In life, there's no room to look down oneself or others in spite of who and what you are. Like a bamboo, people may look weak but actually strong and continues to grow and achieves a maximum result.

 Although an arch bridge is more elegant, a flat bridge across the pond is awesome if one has to reach the other side of the garden. Built in both concrete and wooden material, it adds a little aesthetics and charm to the garden.

A pebble pathway around offers an alluring walk while sightseeing the evergreen trees, rock formations and ornaments. The garden is enclosed in a perimeter fence which gives a feeling of exclusivity to some local and foreign tourist who have witnessed the attractiveness of the place.

A piece of art commonly displayed in a Japanese garden, is a 'gong', which is a percussion instrument used in ancient Japanese tradition  to honor the presence of a higher authority. It has a low and monotone sound, but  when strike forcefully could reach its maximum loudness. A visitor can strike the gong with the mallet using a minimal force to produce a sound. Succeeding strikes can be made forcefully producing different tones if desired.

Visiting the Japanese garden is worthwhile and coming back can be irresistible. A good place to escape from too much environmental noise and to give oneself a rejuvenating experience--not in a far away place, but only in the heart of the metropolis.

© 2013 Del Cusay


  1. Hope to visit japanese garden in rizal park the next time we visit.

  2. Manila is crowded but this is such a nice place to visit

  3. cool place! i like japanese bamboo because it is visually therapeutic.

  4. I've been there and cool place for to visit

  5. Would you see a square pond in nature? I don't think so! So don't add one to your small Japanese garden. You should never create or add something to your garden that nature its self cannot.zen garden


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