Koto Jazz 94: Lines in Zen gardens

  • Chokusen-mon – A symbol of power and discipline; straight lines across a gate, trellis, or raked into the gravel.
  • Kyokusen-mon – A symbol of water; stream patterns such as a meandering dry creek rock leading to a water feature or dry pond.
  • Ryushi-mon – walking paths or trails; stream patterns that do not meander
  • Ren-mon – Patterns in gravel that look like ripples in water, often created by raking techniques in a zen garden.
  • Maru-uzu-mon – Patterns that look like water drop waves.
  • Shokubutsu-mon – Plant patterns; such as sets of three ornamental grasses, or alternating flowering plants or bushes.

 

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