The Athens Japanese Garden, created with the support of JT International Hellas under the auspices of the Japanese Embassy, will be the city’s first thematic park.
It involved the removal of 180 cubic meters of concrete, curbing and rubble that had been illegally dumped on the site, the addition of 350 cubic meters of fertile soil, with the creation of small hills to increase the usable surface area, and the planting of 50 trees and 3,000 shrubs.
The garden was designed by Antonis Skordilis and Ecoscapes, which also did a study to install the correct lighting for the new landscape.
Japanese gardens are cultural and spiritual symbols of Japan
Japanese Ambassador to Greece Yasunori Nakayama noted that “Japanese gardens are one of the traditional cultural and spiritual symbols of Japan and their history goes back to the 6th century AD.”
He said that they had features that vary according to the seasons, while their changing landscape during the four seasons was always dear to the Japanese “as they find a special beauty in the changes of all things that reflect the passage of time.”
Thanking the mayor of Athens and JT International Hellas for their sponsorship and support of the project, he explained that the garden will evolve gradually as the seasons progress and expressed hope that by next Spring the first Japanese garden in Athens “will have been completed in harmony with the city and the people of Athens.”
Location: Nereids Park, Athens, Greece
Filmed: Nov 2021
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