Japanese Zen Gardens

ℴ Hardcover [  ✢ Japanese Zen Gardens ] ⢒ Kindle Author Yoko Kawaguchi ⣺ ℴ Hardcover [ ✢ Japanese Zen Gardens ] ⢒ Kindle Author Yoko Kawaguchi ⣺ Beautifully illustrated, packed with fascinating insights Robin Lane Fox in the Financial Times A new handbook sized edition of Japanese Zen Gardens Japans iconic zen gardens are revealed in Alex Ramsays specially commissioned photographs and their history and meaning is explored in Yoko Kawaguchis learned text The austere, enigmatic rock gardens of Kyoto, Japans 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 arent there 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 characterizes so many other Japanese garden styles Yoko Kawaguchis 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 countrys temples. Japanese Zen Gardens

    • Hardcover
    • 0711238715
    • Japanese Zen Gardens
    • Yoko Kawaguchi
    • English
    • 11 May 2016

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