Bridges to Make for a Japanese Garden

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Bridges to Make for a Japanese Garden
Design a bridge to cross a water (mizu) and give the garden balance (sumi). (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bridges have been a part of Japanese gardening and landscaping techniques for centuries. The bridge allows the garden viewer to appreciate nature from a different vantage point and establishes a focal point to give the garden "sumi," or balance.

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