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  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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Comment by Michael Grove on January 2, 2019 at 23:15

Garden nature, like human nature, requires care and

nurturing IF [IT] IS not to lead to some kind of inanition.

Stephen Mansfield - Preface of Japan's Master Gardens

Never forgetting that 

p.s.  Inanis • Inanire ≠ empty void.

Comment by Michael Grove on January 5, 2019 at 8:29
Comment by Michael Grove on January 5, 2019 at 8:46

I well remember my meeting with David Hockney at the V&A,

when Canon invited him to demonstrate his artistic skills,

utilising our DiceNET Colour Server System driving the recently

launched CLC500 Colour Photocopier & Image Processing Unit,

whose colour photocopying engine had been designed by Louise

Detremont and her team.

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