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Hi from Nebraska

Started by lonlaz, April 19, 2010, 10:19:41 am

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Hi, my name is Jon and I live in Nebraska.  I just wanted to say hi to everyone out there.  I just bought a house that I plan to settle into forever, it's a 3 story Victorian, and if it isn't already going to be enough work to restore, I also want a garden with the Japanese garden spirit.

I have an unusual relationship with Japanese culture.  I am not a fanatic like many are, and I don't mean that in a negative way;  I am a fanatic about other things.  Even so, I find myself watching Kurosawa, anime, reading manga and playing shakuhachi, and apparently, researching Japanese gardens.  I find Japanese culture, and Asian culture in general, an excelent counterpoint to Western culture.  I find learning more about it teaches me more about myself.


Hi Jon,


There are many more photos and books available now than a couple decades ago, but I found that visiting Japan changed much about my understanding of Japanese gardens.  So if you get the chance...



April 19, 2010, 03:52:53 pm #2 Last Edit: April 19, 2010, 04:02:53 pm by lonlaz
Heh.. Did I mention that I've got a wife and 3 kids?  Someday I'll make it Japan, just not anytime soon.

I was able to see the gardens at Golden Gate Park in SF,  I'll be sure to go out of my way to see anything I can in the future.


Welcome, Jon!  If I may, a wife and three kids is a good reason to go to Japan.  You will all take away some culture and experience I think you will value forever.


Quote from: lonlaz on April 19, 2010, 10:19:41 am
...........it's a 3 story Victorian, and if it isn't already going to be enough work to restore, I also want a garden with the Japanese garden spirit.

Hi Jon.  My house is a 175 year old center chimney colonial....so we certainly share the "enough work to restore" aspect.  Start at one end and start fixing things... and then when you get to the end... start over  ;).

I concurr with James's thought about trying to get to Japan whenever possible.  I studied Japan and Japanese art and culture for years before I ever got to go there.  It was only after spending tiome there that I started to understand.

Have fun with the garden.




Welcome Jon, I hope you enjoy our forum.  It sounds like you will be very busy for the next few years with all your restorations. 

Good luck,


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