If you get the impression of a Japanese influence when you look at this small front yard landscape, can you define what it is that makes it feel that way?
Actually, not just one but several elements combined give this garden a Japanese atmosphere. In Japanese gardens, all the elements and their placement have meaning.
Of course, the bridge which is so common in Japanese gardens, is a major influence. The types of landscaping plants as well as their shape adds to the picture. And of course, the stones, pebbles, and dry riverbed help tie it all together.