A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto

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Designed for the layman as well as the professional, this concise yet comprehensive guide provides both practical information and theoretical insights into the design of the Japanese garden. Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, possesses a richness of garden art without equal as a living chronicle of Japanese cultural history and environmental design. Following the introductory essays are individual entries for more than fifty temple and palace gardens. The text is augmented by an excellent ...

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Designed for the layman as well as the professional, this concise yet comprehensive guide provides both practical information and theoretical insights into the design of the Japanese garden. Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, possesses a richness of garden art without equal as a living chronicle of Japanese cultural history and environmental design. Following the introductory essays are individual entries for more than fifty temple and palace gardens. The text is augmented by an excellent selection of photographs, historical prints, maps and color plates.

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The book's design is refreshingly simple and uncluttered, and as a guide is easy to carry around....[it] provides a solid, and at times charming, introduction to the extraordinary gardens of Kyoto. -The East
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770029539
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MARC TREIB is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, a practicing designer, and a frequent contributor to architecture, landscape and design journals. His books include Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review (editor, 1993); Space Calculated in Seconds: The Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier and Edgard Varese (1997); Garett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living (co-author, 1997); and The Architecture of Landscape, 1940-60 (editor, 2002)

RON HERMAN is a landscape architect specializing in residential and estate gardens, with his office in San Leandro, California. After receiving his degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, he studied the history of Japanese gardens at Kyoto University. He has lectured widely on Japanese landscapes and been the recipient of two Japan Foundation fellowships for garden research. His professional work has been extensively published.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii
Acknowledgments xi
A Guide to This Guide xii
The Japanese Garden and Its Cultural Context 3
Photohistory (Color Plates) 35
Making the Landscape of Kyoto 43
Central District 55
Daitoku-ji 57
Daisen-in 61
Koto-in 63
Koho-an 64
Daitoku-ji Hojo 66
Shinju-an 68
Ryogen-in 69
Other Daitoku-ji gardens 69
Ura Senke 70
Omote Senke 71
Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace) 72
Sento Gosho 73
Nijo-jo (Nijo Castle) 77
Nishi Hongan-ji 80
Northwest District 83
Myoshin-ji 85
Taizo-in 86
Reiun-in 88
Gyokuho-in 88
Toji-in 89
Ninna-ji 91
Ryoan-ji 93
Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) 96
Koetsu-ji 99
Shoden-ji 100
Southwest District 103
Tenryu-ji 105
Saiho-ji (The Moss Temple) 107
Katsura Rikyu 110
Yoshimine-dera 118
Northeast District 121
Anraku-ji 123
Honen-in 124
Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion) 127
Shisen-do 131
Manshu-in 134
Shugaku-in Rikyu 135
Renge-ji 142
Entsu-ji 144
Sanzen-in 146
Jakko-in 148
Southeast District 151
Heian Jingu 153
Murin-an 155
Nanzen-ji 157
Nanzen-ji Hojo 158
Konchi-in 160
Nanzen-in 162
Shoren-in 163
Kennin-ji 165
Kiyomizu-dera 166
Joju-in 168
Chishaku-in 171
Tofuku-ji 173
Tofuku-ji Hojo 174
Kaisan-do 176
Funda-in 178
Environs 181
Jonangu 182
Sambo-in 185
Byodo-in 188
Joruri-ji 190
Appendices 192
Suggested Itineraries 192
Gardens by Features 192
Index of Architectural Periods 193
Glossary 194
Plants Commonly Used in Japanese Gardens 197
Suggested Readings 198
General Index 200
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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Brief and to the point

    This guide is divided into two parts. The first introduces a brief history of Japanese gardens; while the second part gives practical information on each garden. It is short enough so you can easily get the basic knowledge and small enough carry with you when you travel.

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