On the way back after a long afternoon and evening of setting stones Senpai K-San shared one of Oyakata’s wise words with me:
庭造りは決断の連続だ。 – Creating gardens is continuous decision making.
勇気が必要だと思いますね。枝を切る勇気。枝を残す勇気。石の設置を決める勇気。I think one needs courage to build gardens – to prune a tree, to set a stone, to skip cleaning a place in favor of another place.
We are three young gardeners and we realized today how much time and boldness it takes to build a good garden in a reasonable amount of time. But what is most important is that is is a good garden. Speed comes with experience.