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Japanese Zen Gardens

Yoko Kawaguchi Alex Ramsay

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Frances Lincoln Publisher
01 May 2017
Gardening; Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
The austere, enigmatic rock gardens of Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, have never ceased to fascinate garden lovers. Weather-beaten rocks set in an expanse of white sand raked into geometric patterns challenge the idea of a garden as a space chiefly dedicated to the cultivation and appreciation of plants. How did the taste for this kind of garden arise? What do the stones represent? Why aren't there more flowers? This book sets out to answer questions such as these. It explores the Zen characteristics of these gardens, and discusses the impact Zen Buddhism has had on the Japanese way of looking at the natural world. This book also shows how key traditional concepts, such as that of using the confined space of a garden to create a landscape in miniature, were reinterpreted in Zen temple gardens. It explores how they make use of traditional imagery, such as those of mountain and sea, and how they reflect that acute sensitivity to the passage of time and the changing of the seasons which characterises so many other Japanese garden styles.

Yoko Kawaguchi's thoughtful and learned book illustrated with commissioned photography by Alex Ramsay, this book covers important examples of Japanese Zen temple gardens from the fourteenth century through to the twentieth century. It appeals to readers who are interested in gardens, garden design and garden history, as well as in Zen Buddhism and Zen aesthetics. It also serves as a useful reference book for travellers planning a trip to Japan to visit the country's temples.
By:   Yoko Kawaguchi
By (photographer):   Alex Ramsay
Imprint:   Frances Lincoln Publisher
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 222mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   1.061kg
ISBN:   9780711238718
ISBN 10:   0711238715
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alex Ramsay is well known as an award-winning photographer of architecture, gardens and landscapes. His work has appeared in leading magazines worldwide and illustrates many books including Helena Attlee's Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales. Yoko Kawaguchi was born in Tokyo and educated in the United States, Canada and Japan. She is the author of Serene Gardens: Creating Japanese Design and Detail in the Western Garden, she lectures on Japanese garden history, and has appeared on the BBC World Service.

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