Simplicity and delicacy of Japanese cultures can be seen in this Japanese-inspired accommodation including architectural design, food, as well as its Zen garden which is so full of natural energy and philosophical ideas. The Japanese style garden in front of our eyes comprises of many little things with thoughtful hidden meanings.
Khun Kluay is an interior designer who deeply falls in love with Japanese culture. He spent a part of his life in Japan to fully absorb fascinating culture of the beautiful county and returned to Thailand to manage the Onsen business in Sukhumvit 49 area and turn it into Ryokan style hotel to accommodate the Japanese in the area as well as any Japanese-culture lovers so they can enjoy the hotel with close-to-nature atmosphere. Pure Japanese style with natural philosophy, the calmness of Zen and the beauty of Southeast Asia are applied to this whole garden. Khun Much Vilarat, a talented garden designer specialized in Japanese style, is appointed to create this beautiful garden.
“The accommodation part is an extension of Onsen business. Therefore, every guest room has a private Onsen which is very similar to a ryokan hotel. I want to make this place so special and different from regular hotels in town. I decided to add Japanese style garden so the guests in every room can have a great direct experience with the garden. There is also a garden in the guest’s bedroom which will change the atmosphere in the same room according to the growth of the plants.”
An attractive touch of the garden spreads everywhere within the premise starting from the Japanese style entryway which connects with the reception in the front, then a small garden in guest room and finally a garden in the communal area. The idea concept is to have a focal center then expand outward in order to connect the landscape with its interiors such as dining room, living room, and so on.
Khun Much tells us more about Japanese garden concept that he would illustrate a viewpoint from the ground to panoramic view out over the ocean and visualize delicate moss-covered large stones as mythical mountains, smaller rocks and gravel are used to line ponds and streams which symbolizes a living on an island. Layering ground and pathway create dimensional perspective which represents the geographical scenery of Japan.
“Japanese garden is the concept of integrating pure visualization, religio-philosophic principles, and arts with landscape lore. It might look easy and simple but there are a lot of hidden challenges because there are so many small components we need to put together to create a perfect garden. This enables us to train ourselves to scrutinize things around us with a deeper understanding then creates a visualization. Gardening is an art. There is no right or wrong answer but whether or not it suits us. There are only the designer and the homeowner who knows what fits the personality.”
Hardscaping, such as the paths, is another element that the designer creates the classical old and rustic appearance by covering it with the paint and top it up with a mixture of small grovels and river stones number 2 and 3. Small thin leave plants, such as Mexican Calabash, is selected to allow natural sunlight to penetrate the ground to create a reflection. Its height is less than 10 meters but its branches meticulously cover the ground very well. In addition, there is a plum pine aged around 10-15 years as well as red shrubs which are specifically handpicked because they grow slowly. Its red color makes the garden looks more interesting. The designer also suggests avoiding the East because of too much direct sunlight which will burn delicate mosses and make the trees grow too fast.
Khun Kluay concludes that the garden offers the homeowner emotional values and creates a miraculous bonding relationship. People may think of the shades when speaking of a garden. He personally seeks more out of the garden. He prefers a simple yet very delicate in the sense that the garden will not look perfect when a piece of stone is missing. This is a charm of Japanese garden that he madly falls in love with.