Garden Design When Nature Meets Art

In Osaka Bay, a giant Buddha keeps watch over the small island of Awaji. This is the setting for a garden like no other, called Awaji Yumebutai. In Japanese, it means ‘dream stage’: A garden formed of geometric shapes is nestled between sky and sea on 28 hectares of land. In this surprising place, corridors, water features and flights of steps hug the mountain slopes. This garden celebrates the coexistence of man with nature, while reminding people of their fragile balance.

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