A JAPANESE GARDEN HANDBOOK

by Andrew R. Deane

Part One: Design and Craft

This fist volume addresses the categorizing Japanese gardens, garden types, aesthetics, artistic principles, designers, builders, and the transference of knowledge.


 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting aside a Space
Surrounded by Nature; Taming Nature; On Speaking Terms

Chapter 2: Categorizing Japanese Gardens
“Japanese” Gardens; Categories and Schemas; Making a List and Checking It Twice

Chapter 3: The Heian Estate Garden
An Austere Grandeur; The Southern Courtyard; The Boating Pond; Dragon Boats and Rooster Tales; Pavilions and Platforms

Chapter 4: The Paradise Garden
Paradise at Hand; The Easy Way; This Place Is the Lotus Land; The End of the World

Chapter 5: The Dry Landscape Garden
An Extraordinary Vision; Origins and the Zen of Sterility; Going Mental; Less Is More; The Most Difficult Part; Cubs and a Querulous River; At a Rakish Angle; Water, Water Everywhere…

Chapter 6: The Contemplation Garden
Gardens for the Mind; The Painter’s Eye

Chapter 7: The Tea Garden
The Taking of Tea; Brewing History; The PhDs of Tea; Along the Dewy Path; Leaving the World Behind; Entering the Sanctuary; A Mountain Hut; Room for Tea; “Tea” Plants

Chapter 8: The Courtyard Garden
All Boxed In; Nature in a Tray; Natural Reduction; Living Landscapes

Chapter 9: The Stroll Garden
A Network of Paths; Friendship Gardens; Amalgamation; Mountains and Sea; Piling Up Sand

Chapter 10: The Hermitage Garden
Retiring from the World’s Stage; Illusions of Seclusion

Chapter 11: Nature: Essence and Quintessence
Nature, Naturally; Recreating Nature; Heian Naturalness; Garden Styles; Habitat Motifs

Chapter 12: Aesthetics
At a Loss for Words…; Heian Sensibilities; Far from Idle; Zen Elegance; Stillness; Tea and Flowers; The Beauty of Paucity; The Cult of Simplicity; Ranking Things; Town Tastes; Illusions of Grandeur

Chapter 13: Perspectives
Space; Dimension; Tension; Asymmetry; Perspective; Landscape Architecture

Chapter 14: Designing Men
Past Masters; Talent from Overseas: Kanroku and Michinoko no Takumi; Heian Classicists: En’en-Ajari and Tachibana no Toshitsuna; Zen Men: Musō Sōseki and Kogaku Sōkō; Tea Drinkers: Sen no Rikkyū and Furuta Oribe; Imperfecting Perfection; Les Très “Amis”: Nōami, Geiami, and Sōami; Arbiters of Taste; The Art of Gardening: Sesshū Tōyō and Kobori Enshū; Modern Masters: Ogawa Jihei and Shigemori Mirei

Chapter 15: The Men Who Moil
Earth Movers; Stone Standers; River Folk; Graffiti Artists; The Pros; Tools of the Trade

Chapter 16: Preserving the Craft
Passage and Preservation; Follow the Tune; The Classic; Medieval Manuscripts; Tokugawa Tomes; Modern Manuals


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