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From House Beautiful: An Expert Guide to Japanese Zen Gardens

The Sand and Stone Garden at Portland Japanese Garden
The Sand and Stone Garden at Portland Japanese Garden. Photo by Portland Japanese Garden.

House Beautiful, a publication that has featured home inspiration and design education since 1896 recently interviewed Hugo Torii, Garden Curator of Portland Japanese Garden about Zen gardens. When speaking about the Sand and Stone Garden, which is technically a karesansui (raked gravel garden; literally translates to “dry mountain water” or “dry landscape”), Torii told writer Arrica SanSone, “Many times people ask, ‘What does it represent?’ But I would say rather do not think about what it’s trying to express but make it your own.” To read the entire article, click the button below.