Tea master Sen-no-Rikyu (16th century) built a garden encircled by hedges blocking the view of the sea, and the client was discontented until he knelt to use the washbasin. The sea came into view through gaps between the hedges and he was pleased. The client understood the intent behind the design. The association between the water in the basin, and the boundless oceans represented a comparison between him, and the vastness of creation. Understanding intent completes the essence of the Japanese garden.
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