"Bring the art and beauty of Japan to your garden with inspiration from Kyoto Gardens." —HGTV Gardens Featuring beautiful Japanese garden photography and insightful writing, Kyoto Gardens is a labor of love from master photographer Ben Simmons and Kyoto-based writer Judith Clancy. In their rocks and plants, empty spaces and intimate details—Kyoto's gardens manifest a unique ability to provoke thought and delight in equal measure. These varied landscapes meld the sensuality of nature with the disciplines of cosmology, poetry and meditation. Japanese aristocrats created these gardens to display not just wealth and power, but cultural sensitivity and an appreciation for transcendent beauty. A class of professional gardeners eventually emerged, transforming Japanese landscape design into a formalized art. Today, Kyoto's gardens display an enormous range of forms—from rock gardens display of extreme minimalism and subtle hues, to stroll gardens of luscious proportions and vibrant colors. In Kyoto Gardens Simmons' photographs present a fresh and contemporary look at Kyoto's most important gardens. Their beauty is enhanced and humanized by gardeners tending the grounds using the tools of their art. Clancy's graceful text provides historic, aesthetic and cultural context to the Japanese gardens. Combining wonder and rigor, she describes how Kyoto's most beloved gardens remain faithful to their founders' creative spirit and conception. Journey to Kyoto's thirty gardens with just a turn of a page, or use the handy maps to plan your trip.
96 breathtakingly stunning Japanese gardens you must visit in Kyoto Kyoto's gardens are among the city's many glories. They are beautiful, thought-provoking. These unparalleled works of art at the creative frontier between man and nature date mainly from the Kamakura, Muromachi, and early Edo periods (approximately 1200 to 1650). These were eras of political and cultural ferment left us with many significant developments in the arts from the Noh theater to weaving and dyeing. The gardens of Kyoto featured in this book are a spectacular example of this peerless art form and collectively form a distinctive aspect of Japanese cultural heritage. Gardens, by incorporating living elements into a man-made design that is then integrated with buildings and other structures, necessarily embody their builders' philosophies concerning the relationship between humanity and nature. Those can be, very broadly speaking, divided into philosophies that view human beings as either dominant over or part of nature. Gardens in East Asia, and Japan in particular, tend to be of natural landscapes. The age-old Japanese view of how human beings should relate to nature is realized on a grand scale in the gardens of Kyoto. This book introduces the soul of Kyoto, the Japanese garden, in an unbroken continuity from the Heian period until today. Addressing their variations through the sub-categories of temple gardens, gardens of the Imperial Family and aristocratic households, and urban courtyard and other gardens, this book offers an insight into the compelling fascination that the beauty and philosophical depth of these gardens inspire.
A private viewing of some of Japan's most stunning gardens. The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto presents a stunning new collection of photographs by Katsuhiko Mizuno. Kyoto, never having been susceptible to short-term fashions, has kept the tradition of garden art alive for centuries in both public and private spaces. Mizuno, born in Kyoto, has spent most of his life photographing the gardens and architecture of this ancient capital. His intimate familiarity with the city and its inhabitants has enabled him to penetrate its most hidden corners and capture the beauty of unknown gardens with his cameras. The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto showcases more than fifty gardens, from private dwellings to Imperial Palaces and Villas, temples, tea schools and shrines. Some Japanese gardens were planned with only one vantage point, but many have been designed for viewing from multiple angles. In this beautiful new book, we are given various views as we explore the stroll gardens or look down from the verandas of the buildings surrounding enclosed gardens. In addition, the elements and structures of each garden are explained by Masaaki Ono, a student of the great twentieth-century garden designer Mirei Shigemori. The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto also includes plans drawn by Ono to accompany the photographs and descriptions. The multi-dimensional approach of The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto will both delight and impress professional and amateur garden designers and landscape architects, and enable readers to understand the structure and diverse vegetation used to create these inspiring landscapes.
Designed for the layman as well as the professional, this concise yet comprehensive guide provides both practical information and theoretical insights into the design of the Japanese garden. Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, possesses a richness of garden art without equal as a living chronicle of Japanese cultural history and environmental design. Following the introductory essays are individual entries for more than 50 temple and palace gardens. The text is augmented by an excellent selection of photographs, historical prints, maps, and color plates.
This illustrated study of Tenryuji, ranked number one among the five great Zen temples of Kyoto and a major destination for tourism and worship, weaves together history, design, culture, and personal reflection to reveal the inner workings of a great spiritual institution. Looking at Tenryuji's present as a mirror to its past, and detailing the famous pond and rockwork composition by renowned designer Muso Soseki, Norris Brock Johnson presents the first full-length "biography" of a Zen temple garden. Norris Brock Johnson is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and has been teaching and writing about Japanese temple gardens for over twenty years.
If you're going to Kyoto and love traditional Japanese gardens, this book can provide you with some great options. Includes photos and descriptions on 47 of Kyoto's most beautiful gardens - some well known, other not-so-much. Includes Japanese and English translations of descriptions of each garden.