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We love this video because it emphasizes that everyone has the potential to create the future that they dream of no matter where you come from. It states that success is not given to only the lucky few, but rather that many of the most successful world changing people had to work hard and struggle in order to crate the impact they made. Bottom line is, anyone can accomplish what they want through hard work, dedication and passion. This is something that we’ve always believed and is a big reason why we left everything we knew to create something all the way out here in Central America that could make an impact on the world around us. It continues to motivate us every step of the way and we want you all to know that you can do anything you dream of too. We hope that this video gives you…

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Japanese Landscaping Growing in Popularity

Composite image to illustrate the diversity of...

Composite image to illustrate the diversity of plants. See below for image and species list. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

basic guidelines apply when planning Japanese landscaping.
The Japanese style of landscaping has the goal of recreating the serenity of a natural environment. Fundamental ingredients used include carefully placed stone, statuary, bonsai, and fish ponds. Bonsai is a traditional technique of training small trees to encourage their growth into certain shapes; it is one of the Japanese arts. Relaxing strolls through the garden are laid out with formal paths.
A number of basic guidelines apply when planning Japanese landscaping. The first being that plants and other elements not be located symmetrically. Nature is asymmetrical. Flowers and trees don’t naturally grow lined up in rows or in square formations. The impression to aim for is a space that does not look man-made.
Another guideline of Japanese landscaping is that it must not be crowded. Because yards can be small, sometimes people want to fit in as many plants as possible. This can easily end up looking chaotic and messy. Just like with the Japanese sense of interior decorating, a minimum of plants cleverly arranged can generate an innate harmony of visual calm.
A roughly triangular pattern appears commonly in Japanese landscaping. For example, there are three plants you want to plant, the largest is located first as an anchor point of the triangle. The next largest becomes the second point on the triangle, and the third largest plant the other point. This arrangement helps balance the aesthetic mass of the three elements.
Symbolic meanings are associated with plants and other elements used in Japanese landscaping. Deciduous trees, for example, like the colorful Japanese maple, stand for the change that is constant all through life, since they show a different aspect of themselves every season. On the other hand, evergreen trees stand firm and stable. In order for something always to be in bloom in the garden, flowers are often planted that will bloom sequentially. The colors seen in a Japanese landscape garden tend to be pastel and subtle. In fact, subtle is a good word to keep in mind when planning out your Japanese landscape garden.

Red-foliaged plants such as this are sold unde...

Red-foliaged plants such as this are sold under names such as ‘Atropurpureum’ and ‘Bloodgood’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Kobe Bell, Seattle, Washington. The bell and s...

Kobe Bell, Seattle, Washington. The bell and structure are an official city landmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brace/Moriarty House, 170 Prospect Street, Que...

Brace/Moriarty House, 170 Prospect Street, Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, Washington. The house is an official city landmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The design and use of three dimensional objects, both buildings, major civic monuments and the more utilitarian elements of street furniture. The first decorative category, city spaces, falls within Lynch’s definition of path and node. The second category, major three-dimensional objects within civic space fits most appropriately the definition of city landmark (Lynch, 1960). landmarks can take the form of a distinctive treatment of a wall surface, where two surfaces meet at a corner or where the roof line of a street elevation terminates in a distinctive and dramatic fashion.
Conversely, city paths and nodes are frequently enriched with three dimensional objects, some of which act as landmarks.There are two types of landmark. There is the purely local landmark which is visible from
restricted locations. These are the points of reference by which we give directions to strangers in the locality. They are the ‘innumerable signs, store fronts, door-knobs, and other urban detail, which fill the image of most observers’ (Lynch, 1960).Without this rich array of local detail the urban scene would be greatly impoverished. The second type of landmark has city-wide relevance: it is a major point of reference shared by a large population