Japanese Stone Gardens

Japanese Stone Gardens

Origins, Meaning, Form

Book - 2009
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Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: North Clarendon, Vt. : Tuttle Pub., ©2009
ISBN: 9780804849067
Branch Call Number: 712.6 MANSF
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm


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Feb 21, 2010

I enjoy deciding how each garden feels to me, before I read the description, to see how close I come. The garden at the Canadian Embassy--once you read the reasoning for the seeming incoherence--is fantastic.


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