Monday, 18 June 2012

Father's Day

My daughter's knowing my love of all things Japanese took me to Compton Gardens, Poole, Dorset, for my father's day treat. The garden boasts one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the UK and as usual I took my camera.

There are numerous gardens within the 5 acres and a meandering path took us slowly around and through them. There is an Italian garden, water garden, heather garden etc.

Some years ago I made various ishi-doro (Japanese garden lanterns) as well as stupas (places of worship) and pagodas (tiered towers) and have included pictures of some of these here. As in a previous post I produced a box as a prototype for more designs for these forms.

Here are some pictures of the day.

Various ishi-doro


Some random pictures from around the Japanese garden


George Foweraker said...

Lovely place Mark it looks very peaceful.This is going to be one of the places I will have to visit soon.Particularly like the garden lanterns and when I recover from this bloody Flu i will be taking inspiration from some of these pictures to make some.I am pleased Liz and the girls gave you a nice day out that is what family life should be about ,spending time together.

Mark said...

Hi George

It was a great day. It takes around two hours to go around the gardens but you can also go into Poole town and go to the harbour front to have a meal or grab some right British fsh and chips.

The link below is useful for styles of lanterns as there are many.

Japanese Lantern Styles