Traditionally a building sized wooden unit of a Buddhist Temple in Japan, a ‘stone’ pagoda has come to be used as decorative element in gardens. Typically odd sized numbers of roofs/stories range from 3, 5, 7, 9 or 13 stories. Here is the seven-storied pagoda of Setagayapark in Vienna. The ground floor has space for a Buddha sitting on his Lotus flower throne.
In a Japanese garden, a stone pagoda beautifully offsets the seasons. A Japanese garden blossoms all seasons throughout the year. The stone pagoda is an element that creates peace and harmony.
FIVE TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS OF A JAPANESE PAGODA (top to bottom)
Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来 Space, Center, ZENITH
Ashuku Nyorai 阿閦如来 Air, Wind, EAST
Hōshō Nyorai 宝生 Fire / SOUTH
Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀 Water / WEST
Fukūjōju Nyorai 不空成就 Earth / NORTH
Here is a nice site (sorry only in Japanese), explaining the basics with sketch drawings:
If you are interested, I am happy to translate the page for you into English, German or Spanish, which can be handled through my professional translation website.
The Japanese Garden is joyful looking up in the air ….
… and also when looking down on the ground!
… It comprises the whole world in a tiny space, and allows you sit down in a corner spot, to enjoy the peace and serene atmosphere. A perfect spot to ponder and marvel at the wonders of this world.
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