What does a Japanese garden have to do with Japan?
Perhaps the heading stands on its own but just in case: when James Rose suggested that a Japanese garden could only exist in Japan he was making a point that bypassed most. There is no doubt that we can import the ingredients, I saw bamboo and lanterns in Home depot today, there were statues of a laughing buddhas and water features guaranteed to scare deer.
There is also a tendancy amongst those who appreciate the garden aesthetic to feel that that have to eat raw fish or wear a kimono.
So, what does all this have to do with Japan?