Japanese gardens or kanji represent all that is beautiful in this world. They have perfect landscape, very carefully planned and have many stories to tell. A very powerful symbol in any Japanese garden is the steeply arched bridge. It may be the focal point of the masterpiece depending on a person's point of view. There are other basic elements like the twisting paths. The Japanese believe that evil spirits can go in straight lines only. The terrain of the garden is rolling, like having mini hills in them. Of course there's a pond, man made water falls and stone lanterns. Being in a Japanese garden is soothing to the soul. There is something about the stillness of the place that renews a worn spirit. When in Japan, never miss the Official Great Gardens: Kairaku-en in Mito, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama. They are pieces of heaven on earth.