Japanese Garden: Gateway to the Human Spirit

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Even in crowded metropolitan areas, Japan's temple precincts preserve not only architecture, but the garden traditions of earlier centuries as well. To step into a temple garden is, in effect, to tread the paths of Japanese aesthetic history. This time travel experience is not unlike venturing into a medieval church situated in a modern Western metropolis. The recognized religious traditions survive in the layout and rationale of Japan's gardens: Shinto, Buddhist, and Confucian. This book explores the distinct priorities and vocabularies of these traditions as expressed in the element of garden design, historically tracing their shared features and their interactions at particular sites. Amply illustrated, it orients the reader to the different functions of gardens, such as whether they are to be looked at or walked in.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820463506
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Asian Thought and Culture Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Shinto
Ch. I Niwa 9
Ch. II The City, Architecture and Gardens During the Nara and Heian Periods 25
Ch. III The Philosophy of Garden Design 39
Ch. IV The Garden of the Peking House and Palace-Style Building 53
Pt. 2 Buddhism
Ch. V The Pure Land Garden 67
Ch. VI The Zen Garden 87
Ch. VII The Zen Temple and Stone Garden 101
Ch. VIII Tea Gardens 117
Ch. IX The Gardens of Shoguns 135
Pt. 3 Confucianism
Ch. X The Garden of Poems 155
Ch. XI The Garden of Self-Cultivation and Communication 183
Afterword 193
Bibliography 199
Index 205
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