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Japanese Garden Fencing

Bamboo fencing and Japanese gates

This custom bamboo fence seals off the garden from the outside world. Patty Myrick.

To create a true Japanese retreat, the garden must be sealed off from the outside world. Enclosing a garden is essential to creating a tranquil environment suited for contemplation. Fences, rock walls or manicured hedges can be used to enclose a garden.

Bamboo fencing is a great option for creating an enclosure with traditional Japanese style. Bamboo is a frequently used material in Japanese garden design because it is attractive and eco-friendly. You can build a bamboo fence yourself or purchase pre made bamboo fence panels. Bamboo fence panels come in a variety of styles. Some feature open designs, through which the scenery beyond can be seen.

Torii gates are traditionally used at the entrance to Shinto shrines. Stéfan.

Having an enclosed garden calls for a welcoming entrance. This can be easily accomplished with a gate, arbor, or a simple opening flanked by potted bonsai trees. Gates are a dominate feature of Japanese gardens. Torii gates are especially popular in Japan. Originally these gates were used to mark the entrance to a Shinto Shrine. Torii gates represent the transition from the common world into a sacred space.

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