Adelaide Himeji Garden

Today I thought you might like to see Adelaide's Himeji Garden.

I took so many photos here today, this will be a divided post. Part two tomorrow.
I will be quoting directly from the brochure (in italics) picked up just inside the entrance, also called the Gatehouse. (Mon).

The Adelaide Himeji Garden contains features which are of profound religious significance to the Japanese people. It contains features designed to recall the beauty of nature.

The Garden blends two classic styles. The first is the "senzui", (lake and mountain garden), where water and the imagination create images of vastness and grandeur. The second is the "kare senzui", (dry garden), where rocks and sand evoke the presence of water, even the sea itself.

On 19 April 1982, Adelaide and the ancient Japanese City of Himeji became sister cities.

Himeji is located 650km west of Tokyo and 8050km from Adelaide. With a population of more than 450,000, it is a major port and centre of industry and the headquarters of the Nissan steel company.

Today's photos feature the Senzui part of the garden.

The Gatehouse (MON)
The Garden's gate is modelled on a temple.

Nearby is a water bowl, (Chozubachi), so visitors may purify themselves by washing their hands and mouth. By kneeling to use the bowl, the visitor adopts a humble attitude, appropriate for the appreciation of the grandeur of nature.

Just look at the crystal clearness of the water dripping into the little rock bowl.

Okunoin Lantern (OKUNOIN DORO)
Made of granite, this splendid lantern was presented by the City of Himeji. The Japanese inscription reads: For the friendship of the two cities.

I forgot to photograph the inscription......

The Lake (S'ensui)
As the heart of the Garden, the lake's form is based on the character "shin" which means "heart" or "soul". The calm water suggests purity and tranquillity of the heart, which Buddhists believe is necessary if you are to achieve enlightenment: the ultimate happiness.
Water flows into the lake from a small waterfall which recalls the wild mountain torrents of Japan.
The lake is quite large, taking up a large portion of the entire garden, maybe as much as 40%. (?)

It is disected by this rock bridge, the rocks are huge, very easy to walk on without fear of falling in.

Here is another of the "lantern" style statues, this one in the lake itself, with the calm water perfectly reflecting it.

This is the little waterfall which feeds the lake.

And here is a closer look.

MILESTONE (Michishirube)
Inscribed in Japanese with the name Himeji, the milestone shows the distance to Adelaide's Sister City. In Japan such milestones often take the form of lanterns.

DEER SCARER (Shishi-odoshi)
Originally developed by farmers as a means of scaring off deer and wild boar, the large bamboo tube fills with water until horizontal and then empties causing one end to hit a rock with a "clack".
When I was here last, (probably 20 years ago), the larger tube was real bamboo and much larger than this current one which appears to be plastic. The water dripper tube is still real bamboo.

Here is the now horizontal tube emptying into the rock as it clacks onto the edge.

There used to be bamboo windchimes hanging in the garden as well, but I didn't see or hear any today.
To be continued tomorrow.......


  1. Hi River,

    Nice photos - I'm so jealous of your weather.




  2. Sweet, I have a Japanese garden near where I live and shamefully have never been there.

  3. I'm ashamed to say River than in the years I was in Adelaide I never got around to visiting these gardens, so thank you for sharing this with us.

  4. Very nice. Was the deer scarer very effective?

  5. Plasman; It was cold yesterday, and raining on and off.

    Baino; Go there. Take photos. Japanese gardens are very calm and soothing places.

    Kath; You haven't been??? Tsk, Tsk....Well at least now you've seen parts of the garden.

    Andrew, We have no deer here, so I'll never know.

  6. A great place to visit (so close to the City)... but so few people actually do. Himeji's a great city by the way - but when I was there I can't say I saw an Adelaide Garden. I wonder what presence we have there....?

    Nice photos. I might have to go back again soon, as it's been too many years.


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