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The Japanese Garden
Cowra, New South Wales
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The Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre opened in Cowra in October 1979.

The garden was designed by the world renowned Japanese garden architect Ken Nakajima (1914-2000).

The 5 hectare Kaiyushiki (strolling) garden is the largest in the southern hemisphere.

He subsequently designed Japanese Gardens in Moscow, Montreal, Houston and Rome.

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To foster harmony and tranquillity, Japanese Gardens only use flowers that are white, yellow and blue - avoiding red.

Bushes are shaped like boulders and streams, and follow the course of the streams.

Traditionally Japanese Gardens were private gardens - used for meditation and calm.

Details of their history, symbolism and design are provided at the Japanese Gardens website.

The Japanese Garden Database also provides many links and information.

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It is recommended that an Acoustiguide be hired before commencing a walk around the garden.

This hand-held device provides audio commentary of the garden's design and history.

Although sometimes hard to achieve, Japanese Gardens are best appreciated and enjoyed in the absence of noisy crowds ........