Japanese Fence Styles
Many Western gardeners love the idea of capturing the beauty and serenity of Japanese gardens, and the first step to doing so is gaining an understanding of the traditions of Japanese garden designs. A Japanese fence, an important element in most Japanese gardens, have a complex tradition of their own, and many fence styles can be traced to famous historical precedents. There are several Japanese fence styles. For example, a Katsura Japanese fence. A Katsura fence style is made from a woven wattle of bamboo branches that is held within a frame, the borders of which are covered by split bamboo canes. This style of fence emulates a well-known fence that flanks the Miyuki gate at the Katsura detached palace in Kyoto. In Japanese, the Katsura style of fence is sometimes called takehogaki to distinguish it from the Katsura hedge, a border made from live bamboo which is also in the garden at the Katsura palace.