Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning, Form

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Gain some new ideas along with the principles and history of Japanese stone gardening with this useful and beautiful garden design book.

Japanese Stone Gardens provides a comprehensive introduction to the powerful mystique and dynamism of the Japanese stone garden—from their earliest use as props in animistic rituals, to their appropriation by Zen monks and priests to create settings conducive to contemplation and finally to their contemporary uses and meaning. With insightful ...

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Overview

Gain some new ideas along with the principles and history of Japanese stone gardening with this useful and beautiful garden design book.

Japanese Stone Gardens provides a comprehensive introduction to the powerful mystique and dynamism of the Japanese stone garden—from their earliest use as props in animistic rituals, to their appropriation by Zen monks and priests to create settings conducive to contemplation and finally to their contemporary uses and meaning. With insightful text and abundant imagery, this book reveals the hidden order of stone gardens and in the process heightens the enthusiast's appreciation of them.

The Japanese stone garden is an art form recognized around the globe. These gardens provide tranquil settings where visitors can shed the burdens and stresses of modern existence, satisfy an age-old yearning for solitude and repose, and experience the restorative power of art and nature. For this reason the value of the Japanese stone garden today is arguably even greater than when many of them were created.

Fifteen gardens are featured in this book, some well known, such as the famous temple gardens of Kyoto, others less so, among them gardens spread through the south of Honshu Island and the southern islands of Shikoku and Kyushu and in faraway Okinawa.

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Editorial Reviews

Dominique Browning
Though I do wish photographers wouldn't shoot in the glare of noon, this survey of the best of Japan's stone gardens may send you into the sort of fugue state in which you wake up to find yourself floating through the airport, boarding pass in hand.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
Mansfield (Tokyo: A Cultural History) covers the history of stone gardens, their relationship to Japanese culture, and their design aesthetics with color photographs. In addition, 15 notable gardens located throughout Japan are toured.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805310564
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2009
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 488,219
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer and photojournalist Stephen Mansfield's work has appeared in over 60 magazines, newspapers and journals worldwide, including South China Morning Post and The Japan Journal. He resides in Japan, where he is a regular book reviewer for The Japan Times.

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