The Momotaro Garden
For their Japanese style garden Sansui-design Ltd have chosen the story of Momotaro, a folk story as well known in Japan as Robin Hood is known in England. In Japan the legend of Momotaro is told in both and comic form and is a well loved TV cartoon series.
Traditionally, Japanese gardens use symbols, metaphor and illusion to create gardens with magical spaces, which seek to engage the viewer in many different ways. The gardens represent different landscapes which become stage sets for the viewer’s imagination. For example, Buddhist temples use rock arrangements to represent a variety of deities or revered mountains, and gravel is used to represent water or seas. Also within the Japanese tradition are ‘stroll’ gardens, where the garden is designed to be revealed as the viewer walks around it. As you walk around the Momotaro Garden you will find that the legend is played out before you, making you part of the garden itself.
The story of Momotaro follows the time honoured pattern of legend and fables whereby good triumphs over evil. Sansui-design tell the story in the form of a poem for children to engage in, as well as representing key scenes of the story within the garden itself.
Visitor’s can follow the garden path enjoying a garden created by traditional techniques to learn more of this fascinating tale, or simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the landscapes represented. This garden has been carefully constructed to make sure that it complies with the exacting requirements of Japanese garden design. Every stone, gravel ripple, cobble and plant is positioned so that it represents or compliments a part of the Momotaro story. Please keep to the path and enjoy the delights of a traditional Japanese garden. This will ensure that the integrity of the garden is maintained for you and others.