Japanese garden ornaments
are a beautiful accent
to your garden

Japanese garden ornaments (Tenkebutsu) are the touches that add Japanese flair to an ordinary garden.

Japanese garden ornaments include things such as Koi ponds, ornamental bridges, bamboo fencing, granite sculptures, and traditional Japanese lanterns.

Bamboo has many uses as Japanses garden ornaments from a simple screen (flexible or rigid), bamboo pole, water spout, ladle and even string through to a trickling water feature.

Bamboo is a natural product. Like wood, bamboo is very strong and durable. However, like any other natural product, bamboo must be maintained when it is used in an outdoor environment.

Bell, Gong and Windchime:

Japanese Garden Wind Bells - Perfect for a Japanese tea garden, these Garden Bells ring in two different tones with soft, pure tones when the wind passes.

In Japan, it is believed that bells, gongs and windchimes attract good luck and bring prosperity.

A graceful design majestic windchime that can capture the wonderful sounds of romance from the Far East - best it is tuned to the cords D, F, G and A - resonates a lovely japanese windchime sound that will bring you the good fortune.

Zen Gong Windchimes - Feng Shui Wind Chimes are thought to bring peace and safety by keeping evil spirits away.

Get a bell that can make an impressive "Zen" statement while evoking tones of faraway exotic forgotten lands will be better as your Japanese garden ornament.

Gong with a graceful design that captures the romance and splendor of the Far East with its wonderful sound will be good for you.

Nothing has the ability to transport us to another time and place quite like the brilliant resonance of a gong that creates a peaceful mood and encouraging relaxation. To be touched by a gong is said to bring happiness and strength.

Japanese Bells

Japanese Wind Chimes

"Ring a bell Japanese - Japanese Bells and Wind Chimes"

Bench - Bamboo:
It is always a wonderful idea to add a natural ambiance like bamboo bench (folding garden bench) to your garden, lawn, patio or deck.

Curved Bamboo Craft Bench

Curved Bamboo Craft Bench


Japanese Bamboo Bridge - Single Rail Bamboo Bridge

Placed a bamboo and wooden bridge over your pond or Japanese style dry river bed, it will add a graceful touch to your garden and provide a lovely place for meditation and contemplation.

To be a good Japanese garden ornament, the bridge has to be designed with an oriental flair.

In walking gardens bridges are placed over the water, most Japanese gardens use either water such as a Koi pond, or sand to simulate water. These bridges are either wood or stone, and in both cases are of simple design.

The design of the bridge is usually a low and continuous arch. There may be hand rails but often there are not. Carvings often decorate the bridge to aid in the sense of movement that the bridge is supposed to represent.

Bamboo Bridges

Fence and Gate:

Japanese Garden Bamboo Fence Gate or Screen (Shioridro)

In Japanese gardens are well known and eye-catching bamboo fences and gates are very popular to create mood, enclose, hide unsightly elements, partition or divide and help unify space. There are three basic types of fences and gates: open gates and fences, screening fences and sleeve fences.

Bamboo fencing is particularly ornate, often incorporating elaborate designs in the latticework.

Japanese Garden Fence Styles - Otsugaki Woven Bamboo Fence

The Otsugaki bamboo fence features unique bamboo poles woven pattern, good to use them for screening and fencing around your garden and yard, it is one of the most common bamboo fencing used in Japan.

Otsugaki Woven bamboo fence is Commonly used in Japanese gardens. A typical "Otsu-gaki" uses some old time bamboo woven technique. This is a very simple fence formed only with vertical and horizontal arrangement of long-jointed bamboo mounting. The beauty is in its simplicity and refine textures.

Japanese Garden Fence Styles:

How to build a fence - Fences in a Japanese style garden

How to build a fence - Fences in a Japanese style garden

Fences Design - Japanese bamboo fence in a garden

Japanese bamboo fence in a garden

Privacy Fence Designs - Kenninjigake Bamboo Privacy Fence

Kenninjigake Bamboo Privacy Fence Design

Fountain - Bamboo:
Kakei Bamboo Spouts have been used in Japanese gardens for centuries. Place them at the edge of a pond, basin or water garden to create an instant beautiful natural fountain. They are handcrafted of natural bamboo with a traditional Japanese horizontal t-bar style spout and an inner liner of tubing for easy pump hookup.

Kake Bamboo Water Spouts - Japanese Bamboo Fountain

Shishi Odoshi Bamboo Deer Chaser or Scarer was originally developed by japanese farmers to scare off deer and boar from crops.

Japanese Fountains - Shishi Odoshi Bamboo Deer Chaser

Japanese Bamboo Fountain - Shishi Odoshi Deer Chaser

Deer Chasers were later used in japanese gardens as their movement provided an element of change. As the water flows from the bamboo fountain, the knocking portion fills and spills the water creating a rhythmic knocking sound as it hits a rock.

The Deer Chaser will create an eye catching fountain in your garden and provide a serene rhythmic sound, it is a superb Japanese garden ornament. Place it at the edge of a pond, water garden, carved granite basin or set it up "dry style".

Fountain - Crane (Brass):
A pair of cranes made of good quality brass handcrafted is a wonderful Japanese garden ornament feature to beautify your garden - streams of flowing water elegantly spout from a pair of cranes as it flows into your pond, water garden or pool of water.

Japanese Garden Ornaments - Brass Crane Pair Fountain made by The Brass Baron

Japanese Garden Ornaments -
Crane Pair Fountain made by The Brass Baron

Koi Pond

Japanese Koi Fish Pond Photo by Stan Shebs (Wikipedia)

Koi pond in the garden believed to bring good fortune for the land owners. In the oriental world, especially in Japan it is believed to be true; so many Japanese maintain Koi fish in their ponds as an important Japanese garden ornament.

Koi ponds are an attractive addition to any yard or garden and give you a peaceful place where you can sit quietly listening to the trickling water while watching the graceful Koi slide past.

A Koi pond is an enclosed freshwater system for keeping Koi, which are a breed of fancy carp from Japan. If you are looking for a beautiful respite from the pressures of the outside world, call your landscape architect to develop your Koi pond today.

Japanese Garden Ornament Plans - Koi Ponds Photo

Japanese Garden Ornaments - Japanese Koi Fish Ponds

Japanese Koi Fish Pictures - Koitable by Forever-Mango.com (Wikimedia)

Japanese Garden Ornament Plans - Japanese Koi Fish Pictures

Ladle - Japanese Tea Garden Bamboo Ladle:

Bamboo Ladle - Japanese Tea Garden Ladle

Bamboo ladles are often placed in Japanese tea gardens for cleansing of the hands and mouth with water is used as an act of purifying the mind and body. They are made with natural bamboo that has been polished to bring forth its luster and beauty.


Granite Lanterns:

Japanese style granite lanterns garden sculptures Kasuga Lantern

Japanese lanterns are the most identifiable Japanese garden ornaments.

That is true! Whenever we think of a Japanese garden landscaping, the first thing always spring to our mind is a stone lantern.

These lanterns are usually carved from granite, and there are four basic styles with many variations:

Kasuga (Tachi-gata: pedestal style lanterns)
Misaki (Oki-gata: small, set lanterns)
Oribe (Ikekomi-gata: buried style lanterns)
Yumiki (Yumiki-gata: snow-viewing lanterns)

Each style of Japanese lantern is unique by itself, a single lantern can serve as a focal point in your Japanese garden to create a point of interest with great effect. It is truly a beautiful feature that will grace your garden : )
Rain Chain

Achla Copper Lily Rain Chain - Enjoy the look and sound of flowing rainwater as never before!

In Japan, rain chain (kusari doi) had been around for hundreds of years to provide a beautiful and functional watercourse for rain.

Long ago, Japanese rain chains were used to guide rainwater into large pots for household and garden purposes. Japanese rain chains are a decorative alternative to the downspout or rain gutter pipe.

Copper Rain Chains - Arts & Crafts style

Today, rain chains as a popular Japanese garden ornaments are crafted of copper can be found on homes and temples throughout Japan for their beauty and cascading water provides an unforgettable experience.

Simply insert the rain chains into your existing rain gutter drain hole or place it on a corner eave of your home or patio, they are absolutely stunning while providing an unforgettable experience as the water cascades down and over each copper hammered bowl or flower petal.

As water collects at the top of the chain, it gracefully cascades down the segments, offering a soothing, peaceful sight and sound experience. A basin or barrel may be added at the base of the chain to collect the water for use in your home or garden. A mounting attachment slips securely into your gutter outlet to make replacing your downspout a simple procedure.

Copper Rain Chains - Arts & Crafts Style

Copper Rain Chains - Arts & Crafts Style

Water Basin - Chozubachi or Tsukubai:

Japanese Hand Wash Great Basin - Grey Granite Inscribed Tsukubai Bowl.

Water Basins - Chozubachi and Tsukubai - have had a time honored place in japanese gardens and japanese tea gardens for centuries. Granite stone water basins or chozubachi originated in ancient japanese shrines and temples for worshipers to wash their hands and mouth as a symbol of purification.

The water basin originated as a chozubachi, which were usually 16" or taller in height. Japanese tea masters later redesigned the bowls for japanese tea gardens to the height of 12" or shorter to create the tsukubai. The tsukubai or crouching bowl was designed to humble guest and create the right state of mind in the japanese tea garden before entering the tea house.

Japanese water basin - Double Zenigata (Fusen no Tsukubai)

Japanese water basin - Double Zenigata (Fusen no Tsukubai)

Today, the granite water basin has became an unique Japanese garden ornament, it can be used as a simple water feature or birdbath and makes an elegant addition to your beautiful garden.

Japanese hand wash basin - The tsukubai and its water basin called chozubachi; the flow of water pass through the bamboo pipe located in the picture, falling into the very center of the basin.

Japanese hand wash basin - The tsukubai and its water basin called chozubachi.

The Tsukubai is actually an arrangement of stones that includes the chozubachi (hand-wash water basin, the flow of water pass through the bamboo pipe located in the picture above, falling into the very center of the basin. The water of the chozubachi is scooped with a ladle (shaku) and used for the purification purposes by the attendants of the tea ceremony.

Other common Japanese garden ornaments like carved stepping stones, many of them are traditionally hand made using the same tools that have been in use for centuries.

Japanese Garden Design:

The Art of Japanese Landscape Design reflects the real beauty of nature, many people loved this carefully planned Asian garden style. In actual, it is intended to give us a tranquil and reflective experience.

The Japanese Rock gardens were made from just two primary elements: rocks and a fine, light colored gravel. The idea is to find rocks that are interesting and in different shapes and sizes; rocks that you would not mind spend hours looking at.

Japanese Zen gardens with its simplicity and tranquility nature, are famous because of their effective use in meditation - help us to still our mind after a busy day. A Zen Garden can go on your desk too : )

Japanese Garden Design - Types of Japanese Garden Design by tradition they can be broadly categorized into three types, Tsukiyama Gardens (Hill Gardens), Karesansui Gardens (Dry Gardens) and Chaniwa Gardens (Tea Gardens). I love the tranquil and simplistic design of the Japanese gardens that offered me the calming effect.

Elements of a Japanese Garden You need to have at least some internal peace before you are able to start enjoying the beauty of Japanese garden design and see each little element at its own. Carefully planned design with the correct combination of these elements in which they are being used, is what brings a Japanese garden to life!

Japanese Granite Lantern - Yukimi Lantern
In Japanese landscape garden - Japanese lantern is one of the most identifiable garden ornament amongst all. That is true! Whenever we think of a Japanese garden, the first thing always spring to our mind is a stone lantern. These lanterns are usually carved from granite.

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Japanese Bells, Japanese Wind Bells and Wind Chimes
Japanese garden ornaments are a beautiful accent to your garden. Japanese garden ornaments include things such as Koi ponds, ornamental bridges, bamboo fencing, granite sculptures, and traditional Japanese lanterns.

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