compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
this landscape design book explores the ingenuity and
range of Japanese landscaping, from the self-imposed
confines of courtyard designs to the open expanses of
the stroll garden.
No two Japanese gardens are ever the same. The Japanese ZEN garden
is a work of art equivalent in scale to an installation, but it is also an
urban refuge, a setting where we can attain composure and equipoise.
It is a place to collect our thoughts, examine deeper feelings, and
ponder our responses to managed nature. ZEN gardens comprise a
sensory as much as a cultural experience. They are multifaceted,
satisfying both our personal and intellectual yearnings.
This beautifully-photographed book illustrates a tradition that
benefits from a thousand years of applied knowledge. It also
demonstrates how contemporary landscaping draws from its history
and reflects on why ancient gardening should be relevant to the lives
of people in the twenty-first century.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Japanese gardening specialist
Stephen Mansfield takes readers on an exploration of the outward
forms, underpinning principles, sophisticated use of metaphor and
allusion, and beauty and depth that set the Zen garden apart.
Readers of his previous book, Japanese Stone Gardens, will find in
this new work a worthy companion volume.
Japan's Master Gardens is an inspiring, thought-provoking tribute
to the landscape design wisdom of the Japanese.
About the Author: Stephen Mansfield, an author and freelance photojournalist
based in Japan, has contributed to over 60 magazines, newspapers and journals
worldwide. His books include Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning, Form
and Tokyo: A Cultural and Literary History. A specialist in the field, he has visited
over two hundred gardens in Japan, written extensively on the topic and designed
a Japanese garden of his own.
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