Combining Modern Design and Zen to Create Lasting Peace

Tranquil Japanese Garden


A tranquil getaway… in your own home.

The front area features a Japanese tsukubai — a water fountain — that splashes onto the natural stone below. The natural sound is a trigger to take a deep breath and step away from the harshness of the outside world. A mosaic made out of natural, hand-cut stone accents the slate walkway leading up to the house.

The backyard is another oasis. Japanese red maple provides shade and a pop of color against the green of the garden. As you walk among the the natural greenery and stepping stones, the repetitive sound of the shishi odoshi — traditionally built to scare away deer and other animals from crops — and the burble of water help to focus the mind into a peaceful Zen state.

If you don’t feel like walking, you can enjoy the view and sounds in a Japanese-style tatami room which overlooks the backyard.

Del Mar, CA

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