If you're thinking of having your own Japanese garden, you probably would be best to visit some first.
Here are some top Japanese gardens in the United States:
1. ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS, Rockford: Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by Sukiya Living magazine in 2014, the gardens on 12 acres were started in 1978. Their development has been under the guidance of noted designer Hoichi Kurisu.
Rockford is only about an hour from my house and yet I have never been there. Guess I'll have to fix that this summer.