Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning & Form by Stephen MansfieldJapanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning & Form by Stephen Mansfield

Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning & Form

byStephen MansfieldForeword byDonald Richie

Hardcover | August 25, 2017

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Gain some new ideas along with the principles and history of Japanese stone gardening with this useful and beautiful garden design book. Japanese Stone Gardens provides a comprehensive introduction to the powerful mystique and dynamism of the Japanese stone garden-from their earliest use as props in animistic rituals, to their appropriation by Zen monks and priests to create settings conducive to contemplation and finally to their contemporary uses and meaning. With insightful text and abundant imagery, this book reveals the hidden order of stone gardens and in the process heightens the enthusiast's appreciation of them.The Japanese stone garden is an art form recognized around the globe. These meditative gardens provide tranquil settings, where visitors can shed the burdens and stresses of modern existence, satisfy an age-old yearning for solitude and repose, and experience the restorative power of art and nature. For this reason, the value of the Japanese stone garden today is arguably even greater than when many of them were created.Fifteen gardens are featured in this book: some well known, such as the famous temple gardens of Kyoto, others less so, among them gardens spread through the south of Honshu Island and the southern islands of Shikoku and Kyushu and in faraway Okinawa.
Stephen Mansfield is a British writer and photojournalist whose work has appeared in over 60 magazines, newspapers and journals worldwide. He is the author of several books, including Japan: Islands of the Floating World, Japan's Master Gardens and Tokyo: A Biography . He currently resides in Japan, where he is a regular book reviewer...
Title:Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning & FormFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.76 inPublished:August 25, 2017Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:4805314273

ISBN - 13:9784805314272

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Editorial Reviews

This survey of the best of Japan's stone gardens may send you into the sort of fugue state in which you wake up to find yourself floating through the airport, boarding pass in hand." - New York Times "A book that will benefit both the Japanese garden enthusiast and the Zen aficionado alike. One to be dipped into time and time again and absorbed over time." - Diverse Japan "