## Re: [sl] Japanese garden experience

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• Hi Dan, thanks for the well wishes -- and the funny story. lol. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I shall repent for my bon-sigh ways. haha.
Message 1 of 3 , Jan 27, 2009
Hi Dan, thanks for the well wishes -- and the funny story. lol. I had no idea what I was
getting myself into. I shall repent for my bon-sigh ways. haha.

Mentally, I am preparing myself for the great landscape. Trees must come down (poplars
bent by a freakish October snow before the trunks had time to harden). Shed must fly like
Mary Poppins. I'll have to build a wooden veranda to sit on and meditate. Buy gravel. Rake
gravel. Possibly add water -- I'm still thinking about that. And at some point I have to
shape small pines. I'm not sure if the Japanese pine is a distinct breed or not. Come to
think of it, there will have to be some deciduous trees to add color in the fall. The final
touch will only come after my son grows up: I'd like put a huge circular window in what is
now his room in order to view the garden from inside the house. I really like the idea of a
great big round window. My own, ahem, space portal. Sacred space portal.

I am also digging into the roots of prime numbers. Riemann. Gauss. The order that is not
order. The pattern that defies patterns.

"God does not play dice -- but there is something about prime numbers."

The interesting feature is that prime numbers do not increase arithmetically or even
geometrically. So we are out of the realm of the perfect shapes. Gauss was able to create a
perfect 17-sided shape thanks to prime numbers (17 is of course prime). But we cannot
generate the sequence of prime numbers from these shapes. Although superimposing a
pentagon on to a clock face does describe the first five odd primes. If you continue in this
manner all the prime numbers arrange themselves in the same place around the clock.

Good visualization of the Riemann hypothesis: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?
v=zfoVTY9OnA4&feature=related

As I say, the progression doesn't grow sequentially as we would expect it to if it could be
generated by, say, inscribing a sacred form. But that does not mean that the ratios of
some sacred structures might not take the form of prime numbers. I'm looking into that
now. And at the back of my head is the idea that this series behaves more like an irregular
heart beat -- but definitely something living.

It is not rational; it is not irrational; but maybe transrational. At any rate, I'm now following

Wish me luck,

Chris

--- In sacredlandscapelist@yahoogroups.com, "Daniel N. Washburn" <danw@...> wrote:
>
> Hi, Chris
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> Afraid my only Bonsai experience is a sad story. Before we were married
> my wife went on a business trip to San Francisco. She brought back a
> very charming little bonsai as a present. I put it out on the balcony
> of my apartment and tried to take care of it the best I could. Day by
> day I watched it decline and wither. It was a slow and agonizing (for
> me) death. I have carried bonsai guilt ever since.
>
> The moral of the story is you have to be ready for a bonsai and really
> want a bonsai. It's a long term comittment, since it will probably
> outlive you. Can you savor a relationship in which your vision of
> beauty slowly melds with its natural pattern of growth so that the two
> of you create something wonderful together over a lifetime?
>
> Dan
>
> Chris wrote:
>
> >I went to Japan in November and have since been investigating how to
> >build a Japanese garden in my backyard.
> >
> >Does anyone here have experience with bonsai? Putting a (small) pond
> >in your yard? Shaping bushes?
> >
> >I'd appreciate the opportunity to discuss this with you.
> >
> >Thanks!
> >
> >Chris
> >
> >
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