Day 73 – Making decisions and building gardens

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.

Checking the stone setting from the guest's viewpoint at the low table inside the ramen shop.

Checking the stone setting from the guest’s viewpoint at the low table inside the ramen shop.

 

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.

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