Water is an essential element in the Japanese garden. The water of the pond at Yume Japanese Gardens reflects stone lanterns and trees, ripples against half-submerged stones, sparkles with the flash of koi, and whispers as it courses from rock to rock in a small waterfall.
The surface of the pond is open to the sky and creates a mirror effect that brightens and magnifies the pattern and color of irises and other pond-side plants. As neighboring trees grow larger and extend their branches beside the pond, these too will be brightened by indirect light.
While smooth, the water’s surface is a metaphor for the ever-moving sea. It accentuates the shape, size, and texture of rocks in and bordering the pond. These rocks recall cliffs, promontories, sacred islands, and cobbled beaches, and the water lapping upon them represents the wash of waves.
The pathway curving along the northern edge of the pond and flanked by a wide field of gravel bordered by pines provides shifting points of view. It is in the tradition of large strolling gardens resembling parks that came to prominence in the Edo period, from the opening years of the 17th century to 1863. The veranda of a viewing pavilion at the pond’s western edge offers still another perspective.