Japan's Master Gardens: Lessons in Space and Environment

Japan's Master Gardens: Lessons in Space and Environment

by Stephen Mansfield
     
 

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"A poetic homage to the Japanese garden—not just for its artistry and grandeur, but also as the locus of our desire for balance and equanimity." —Leza Lowitz, author of Green Tea to Go: Stories from Tokyo

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"[T]his survey of the best of Japan's stone gardens may send you into the sort of fugue state in which you

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"A poetic homage to the Japanese garden—not just for its artistry and grandeur, but also as the locus of our desire for balance and equanimity." —Leza Lowitz, author of Green Tea to Go: Stories from Tokyo

Praise for Japanese Stone Gardens

"[T]his 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." —New York Times Book Review

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Publishers Weekly
In this generously illustrated book, author and photojournalist Mansfield (Japanese Stone Gardens) explores the beauty and history of Japanese gardens. Mansfield is an expert guide who uses poetic prose and photographs to examine the Japanese senses of nature and space, and the culture’s fundamental gardening genres: the modular garden, the landscape garden, and the healing garden. The visual tour of 25 master gardens allows the reader to appreciate the exquisite details of each place, while also discerning the fundamental aesthetic principles that underlie the Japanese garden. Mansfield accompanies his striking photographs with a spare text that combines history, poetry, and thoughtful meditations on each space. It’s a wonderful balance of insight and visual delight. The guide is completed with a glossary, historic timeline, and bibliography. Color photographs throughout. (Apr.)
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"Mansfield accompanies his striking photographs with a spare text that combines history, poetry, and thoughtful meditations on each space. It's a wonderful balance of insight and visual delight." —Publishers Weekly

"Mansfield's elegant photographs artfully capture each garden's essence, from the tightly controlled symmetry of dry landscape gardens of the temple at Sekizo-ji to the serene majesty of early-seventeenth-century stroll gardens at Kumamoto. Teeming with historical, cultural, and design insights, Mansfield's treatise succinctly defines the extraordinary variety and beauty of gardens throughout Japan." —Booklist

"While very attractive visually, this is no mere coffee table book. A wealth of knowledge and information is put across in an instructive yet highly readable fashion. The attention to detail is thoughtful, from the map inside the front cover to the font used in the titles. This book offers both intellectual and visual appeal to any reader, whether familiar with Japanese gardens or new to their aesthetic and traditions." —Garden Design

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784805311288
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
870,620
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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