Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks Of The Japanese Gardener's Art by Judith ClancyKyoto Gardens: Masterworks Of The Japanese Gardener's Art by Judith Clancy

Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks Of The Japanese Gardener's Art

byJudith ClancyPhotographed byBen Simmons

Hardcover | March 20, 2015

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Bring the art and beauty of Japan to your garden with inspiration from Kyoto Gardens. "-HGTV GardensFeaturing 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 historical, 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."
Judith Clancy has lived in Kyoto for more than 40 years, writing and teaching about Japanese culture. Her first publication, Naturescapes, was a tribute to her Ikebana teacher, Tamura Suiko, who, through the art of flower arrangement, instilled a deep and subtle appreciation of Japanese aesthetics and character. Exploring Kyoto: On Foo...
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Title:Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks Of The Japanese Gardener's ArtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:March 20, 2015Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:4805313218

ISBN - 13:9784805313213

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Clancy, living in Kyoto, provides historical, aesthetic and cultural context to the gardens, and Simmons' photographs present a fresh look at Kyoto's most important gardens." - Publishers Weekly "A beautiful book that will appeal to gardeners, armchair travelers, or readers interested in Japanese history and culture." - Library Journal "'Kyoto Gardens' is the sort of travel book that will make you miss Japan, whether you've been there or not." - About.com "An exquisite appreciation of Kyoto as a spiritual place with its gardens of such beauty, variety and devotion." - Spirituality & Practice blog" Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art provides a lively survey of Kyoto's gardens and landscapes and comes from a master photographer and a Kyoto-based writer who capture the beauty of the city's major gardens." - Midwest Book Review "Bring the art and beauty of Japan to your garden with inspiration from Kyoto Gardens, written by Judith Clancy and photographed by Ben Simmons." - HGTV Gardens "... a most excellent book: a lively, interesting and informative text illustrated with Ben Simmons's brilliant photography. [A] book very much worth adding to one's library." - Shakkei, Japanese Garden Society UK"Here is an instance in which one can certainly judge a book by its cover. The cover of Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art contains eight vignetted color photographs that sumptuously display the rich combination of organic and man-made features that populate the serenely elegant gardens of Kyoto, Japan. One is immediately drawn to the breathtaking scenes displayed within, accompanied by text that is both descriptive and evocative, yet unobtrusive." — Examiner.com "