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Although the first impression (and perhaps later still) can let you believe so, this diary is by no means intended to discourage you or scare you off from building and maintaining your own Zen garden or other style Japanese garden. This is true even while we post only a small part of the work and activities and we try to duplicate as less as possible.

The proof for this lies in the main Tsubo-en website, what it shows and the fact that we offer a step by step realization approach (or see “What to expect…” on the About page for a brief listing).

This Blog shows however the other, less romantic and less idyllic, side of having a beautiful garden, that can not be denied and that is called realism. Nonetheless the result is worth the investment and sometimes burden. The result (never the end/result, because it is ever changing) can be extremely satisfying.
In our case we where extremely proud of the fact that in June 2009 our garden was selected as the thematic environment to produce a so called ‘corporate mood film’ for Fujitsu, the biggest computer company of Japan.
Please see the links to see the Fujitsu promotion film and ‘the making of’. A short video clip that we got out of this is included in our Introduction page and also on YouTube.

To give you some encouragement and relief we can say that our garden, with a size of about 30 by 30 meters (98 x 98 feet), is relatively large for a private Zen garden. In The Netherlands it is considered large for any private garden and the same is true to Japanese measure.
A Zen garden of this size and larger would belong to a monastery or other institution and get maintained by Buddhist monks or gardeners on a professional basis. In your case it may be much smaller, or only cover a part of your total garden and perhaps be enclosed or at least less “open”. The latter implies extra maintenance effort.

And of course, you can try to be less of an perfectionist. In my case this is a bit like a handicap that is difficult to let go of, and by definition implies more work to do more often.