About this website
This website is actually a free book
, built and maintained by Piet while Marijke
sometimes looks over my shoulder either giving unsolicited
or asked for advice, mainly related to the aesthetics and
look and feel. The real world garden, Tsubo-en, was realized and is
maintained solely by the two of us.
Why this site ?
Who are we ?
We are Marijke and Piet Patings (here in
Zazen meditation ¹ ), the owners of the Tsubo-en
karesansui garden in Lelystad, the Netherlands.
We have over twenty five years of hands-on experience with
Japanese style gardens (i.e. Japanese-style but not located
in Japan). Experience means that we did the design,
construction and maintenance of all aspects involved our
selfs. We started to learn about Japanese gardens back in
1983 ¹ .
If you really, really feel an urge to know more about the
creators of Tsubo-en and the authors of this site have a
look at: Marijke & Piet Patings Web site.
We first created the (old) website to show(off) our karesansui garden
in the Netherlands, actually located on land that is also
known as "the new land
(sorry Dutch only). It was taken from the sea only about half a
Making a Zen Garden is not at all as simple and straightforward as
many web sites want us to believe.
When we realized that there are many people out there that are looking
for help and guidance, perhaps a quick-start and examples, we decided to make our
knowledge and experience available to other enthusiasts.
Based on the experience gained with
previous Japanese gardens in combination with my
professional experience as IT Architect, the current
Tsubo-en, shown on these pages, was designed in a
structured way according to the method described
to realization of a (Japanese Zen)
and how we applied this to realize Tsubo-en
in Specifics on the realization of Tsubo-en
The banner, or header, of a web site or home page is often
thematic. Although the subject is karesansui, specifically
Tsubo-en, our own Japanese garden, we kept the banner of
our private website.
On December 31th
1989 we where at the top of the
Bromo volcano (the one with the "flat" top) on the
Indonesian island of Java. From there we could also see a
mountain known as, Sumeru (Mountain number one) the highest
on the island of Java. We climbed during the dark and
At breaking of dawn we really felt overwhelmed by this
nature event. The rapid changes of light in combination
with the rapid changes of the cloud-formations made us feel
part of nature and at the same time feel very small. It
felt like being one with nature on top of the world. We
have tried to catch the beauty of this experience in
It is a very small part of one of these photo's that we use
as our banner (duplicated and mirrored to get the required
format), not only because it is the top page of our web
site and the top of our home page but also as an attempt to
share some of our experience with you. These floating
mountain-tops, so it appears, can be inspiring for
The photo below was taken only minutes later and yet
observe the changing colors and cloud forms.
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