Japanese Garden official opening 20 July 2010
Japanese Garden in Abdoun is officially opened
Amman Mayor Engineer Omar Maani and Japan's Ambassador to Jordan Mr. Tetsuo Shioguchi inaugurated on Tuesday the all-new Japanese Garden in Abdoun district in western Amman.
The garden is funded by the Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition ’70, the Greater Amman Municipality, Ikebana International, JICA and JT International (Jordan) Limited.
Mayor Maani said during the inauguration ceremony that Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) seeks to increase green spaces in the city, adding that the Japanese Garden constitutes an opportunity for Jordanians to get acquainted with the various elements of Japanese gardens, known for their elegance and beauty.
Engineer Nebal Qattan, Director of Public Parks at GAM, said that the 3-dunum garden will enrich the cultural diversity of the city and give an opportunity to its visitors to learn about other cultures, in addition to constituting a beautiful and unique structure in the city.
The garden was designed according to traditional Japanese gardens dating back to ancient times by Japanese garden expert Mr. Fukuda, exhibiting main elements of water, rock, plants, and bridges, in addition to a special area allocated for making tea.
The Garden’s elements were brought over from Japan whereas some rocks and stones have been brought from the Dead Sea, Al Mafraq and Petra. The stones have been amended and arranged to match the classical mode of design of the Japanese garden and a special place has been allocated for tea making.
Such gardens do exist in some traditional Japanese households, public parks, shrines and some old palaces.