The green park is located next to Michalakopoulou Street, at the height of the National Gallery. There, in the framework of the program “Adopt your city” of the Municipality of Athens, a special Japanese garden was created for the country. To build it, 180 cubic meters of concrete were removed from curbs and rubble, which were left there illegally by Michalakopoulou construction sites.
Then, 350 cubic meters of fertile soil was transferred to the site and small hills were made to increase the useful area of the park. Mr. Antonis Skordilis from Ecospaces, was responsible for the design of the garden. 50 trees and 3000 new bushes were planted at the site, while a special study was done for the proper lighting of the area.
The mayor of Athens, Costas Bakogiannis, attended the cornerstone ceremony, which took place a few days ago, and commented that “Athens is a modern, dynamic metropolis. It is a city open, open to new ideas, ready to move forward with boldness and determination and of course it is a city extremely proud of its glorious past, as much as it is proud of its dynamic present. It is, therefore, a city that invests a lot in extroversion “.
Then, the mayor of Athens stressed that the Japanese garden “combines the revitalization of this green space with the highlighting of the elements of Japanese philosophy and tradition. It is a new park that is being re-established in the city, 3.5 acres and a green oasis is created in a densely populated and densely populated area offering, I am sure you will find it when you tour the park, a sense of peace.
The garden is composed of dense vegetation and water in different areas, seven zones, taking into account the principles of Japanese culture with a balanced alternation of elements of land, water and fire. However, in order for the garden to be sustainable and to harmonize with the rest of the landscape, species from both the Japanese and the Mediterranean flora were combined.
Yasunori Nakayama, Ambassador of Japan to Greece, commented that “Japanese gardens are one of the traditional cultural and spiritual symbols of Japan and their history dates back to the 6th century AD. (…) Although they have different characteristics, depending on the different seasons, their changing scenery during the four seasons has always been loved by the Japanese “, as they find in them” the special beauty in the changes of all things that reflect the passage next year”.
The Japanese Garden of Athens, created with the support of JT International Hellas and under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan, is the first theme park in the city.
With information from cnn.gr
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