Japan's Master Gardens

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Tuttle Publishing
Hardcover, Jacketed
Date Published:
150 color photographs; 25 gardens
Number of Pages:
Trim Size:
9 X 8

Featuring stunning photographs and thoughtful commentary this Japanese gardening book is a must-have for any gardening enthusiast.

No two Japanese gardens are ever the same. Each is inimitable, yet embodies commonalities of design and aesthetic taste. Each finds the space for innovation within a tradition that benefits from a thousand years of applied knowledge in gardening and landscape architecture. Japan's Master Gardens explores the ingenuity and range of Japanese landscaping, from the self-imposed confines of courtyard designs to the open expanses of the stroll garden.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Stephen Mansfield takes readers on an exploration of the outward forms, underlying principles, complex use of metaphor and allusion, and beauty and depth that set the Japanese garden apart.

Topics include:
  • A Sense of Nature
  • The Modular Garden
  • Landscape Gardens
  • Requisitioning Space
  • Healing Gardens

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.