Japanese Garden Design

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Filled with gorgeous photographs, this book explains the theory, history, and intricacies of Japanese gardening.

The creation of a Japanese garden combines respect for nature with adherence to simple principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, landscape architect Marc Peter Keane presents the history and development of the classical metaphors that underlie all Japanese gardens.

Keane describes the influences of Confucian,...

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Overview

Filled with gorgeous photographs, this book explains the theory, history, and intricacies of Japanese gardening.

The creation of a Japanese garden combines respect for nature with adherence to simple principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, landscape architect Marc Peter Keane presents the history and development of the classical metaphors that underlie all Japanese gardens.

Keane describes the influences of Confucian, Shinto and Buddhist principles that have linked poetry and philosophy to the tangible metaphor of the garden in Japanese culture. Creative inspiration is found in the prehistoric origin of Japanese concepts of nature; the gardens of Heian aristocrats; the world-renowned Zen garden, or rock garden; the tea garden; courtyard garden; and stroll garden.

Detailed explanations of basic design concepts identify and interpret the symbolism of various garden forms and demonstrate these principles in use today in Japanese landscape architecture.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A landscape architect and garden designer working in Japan, Keane here offers a history of the Japanese garden over 20 centuries, showing how society, politics, religion, art, and the tea ceremony have contributed to the structure and elements of these beautiful retreats. He also includes chapters on design principles and techniques, explaining, for instance, how individual aspects such as rock, sand, plants, and bridges embody the symbolism of the gardens. This comprehensive book includes not only excellent full-color photography but detailed plans of the various types of gardens. An extensive glossary, a bibliography of books in English and Japanese, and numerous maps are also offered. The text concludes with a timetable mapping the evolution of the garden alongside events in Japanese culture and world history. Recommended for public and academic libraries.Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
Booknews
One of the better volumes on the principles of Japanese garden design, avoiding much of the annoying sentimentalism to which Western writers on Japanese gardens are prone. Keane, a landscape architect, integrates Japanese history, philosophy, geography, art, and culture into his discussion of Japanese design principles and aesthetics, bringing the gardens he describes to life. Excellent color photographs and detailed drawings. 11x9". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804836043
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 898,351
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Peter Keane, a licensed landscape architect and garden designer, came to Japan in 1985, and since then has been creating and building gardens for companies, temples, and private individuals. He teaches a design workshop as an adjunct professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, and is a staff member of the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art there. He has traveled and lectured widely on traditional and classical approaches to Japanese garden design and landscaping. He lives in Ithaca, NY.

Haruzo Ohashi, born in 1927, is a freelance photographer based in Tokyo and is considered one of Japan's leading garden photographers. Among his many publications are Famous Gardens in Japan (Seibundo Shinko-sha Publishing Co., 1969), Gardens of Japanese History, Vol. 35 (Shakai Shiso-sha Publishing Co., 1976), and Japanese Garden, Traditional Forms and Drawings, Vol. 5 (The Mainichi Newspapers 1977). He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Godspirit in Nature: Prehistoric Origins 3
Poetry in Paradise: Gardens of the Heian Aristocrats 19
The Art of Emptiness: The Gardens of Zen Buddhism 45
Spiritual Passage: The Tea Garden 67
Private Niches: Tsubo Gardens 83
A Collector's Park: Edo Stroll Gardens 97
Design Principles 117
Design Techniques 129
Design Elements 145
Looking Forward 159
Notes 162
Timeline 168
Plants Mentioned in the Text 170
Glossary 172
Bibliography 180
Index 182
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