Contrary to popular belief, the Geisha has nothing to do with a prostitute. They are actually artists with a perfect knowledge of Japanese traditional arts. They work in restaurants, tea houses and inns, where they sing, dance and entertain their guests. With their made-up faces, they dress in special attire and enjoy prestige and admiration of the Japanese people. The Geisha training is tough and lengthy. It lasts four years during which they develop charm, balance and spirit in an environment of discipline and rigour.
The garden is often laid out around a building and includes many different elements, like rocks, water, sand or gravel, decorative elements and a tea room.© David Maska / 123RF
The pond garden (chitei) is also called the garden of transformations since you can have many different views depending on where you are during a stroll.© Hirotaka Ihara / 123RF
Water is always present in one way or another in Japanese gardens. For example, in the dry Zen gardens, it is represented by gravel.© tomophotography
In Japanese gardens, the plants are mainly chosen for their aesthetic qualities. Bamboo is used to create fences and screens.© Tupungato / 123RF
The Japanese love the many colours of nature, which change with the seasons.© Satoshi Nishida