The Japanese garden Yuusui-en (lit. 'garden of confluent waters') is part of the larger 'Gardens of the World' project that includes a Chinese garden, a Balinese garden and an oriental garden. A Korean garden is under construction and will be completed in 2005.
The garden combines many different styles and elements in japanese landscape architecture: yarimizu or stream style-garden, karesansui, a rather wide field of lawn and stepping stones are all worthy of note.
As one enters the gate, the path immediately veers right and a staircase leads up a hill. Since there are hedges and bushes on both sides of the way, you cannot catch a glimpse of the garden until having almost reached the top of the hill. (This technique of hiding the garden reminds of the upper villa
of Shugakuin Rikyu in Kyoto and is used twice within Yuusui-en: At the beginning of the course and also before turning back and entering the pavillion.) From the top of the hill, you have a wonderful overview over the whole garden: the dry waterfall in karesansui style, the murmuring creek with real water and the pavillion 'Nyosui-tei' where both waters meet. The creek symbolizes the flow of time from the beginning of German history, ending in a tiny pond which reflects the recent history. The dry waterfall symbolizes the future. The pavillion is located in the present - the center of both waters, between past and future. The stone arrangement in the middle of the karesansui-style pond is a symbol for a carp, showing strenght and perseverance in swimming against the stream.
Take the U-Bahn Marzahn S7. Get off at the Cottbusser Platz station. Also accessible by Bus 190, 191, 195, and 291
I had thought there was
but a single chrysanthemum here.
Who could have planted
the other one made, there in the
depths of Osawa pond?
hito moto ga
omoishi kiku wo
ike no soko
dare ga uheken