An introduction to the zen rock garden and its purpose structure and relationship with natural lands

Based on garden archtypes: the sea, the cave, the harbor, the promitory, the island, the mountain, and the sky, this book provides a structure for imagining and designing the garden of one's desires.

Sometimes one or more rocks, called suteishi, "nameless" or "discarded" are placed in seemingly random locations in the garden, to suggest spontaneity, though their placement is carefully chosen. The author, architect Koji Yagi, explains the basic elements of Japanese interior design and shows you how to use them.

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An exquisitely illustrated introduction to the style and its traditions. For example, the constructions surrounding the garden must be connected to each other by lengthy covered galleries.

Includes analysis of five main garden types, plus important components: stones, lanterns, pagodas, ornamental water, etc. It contains many illustrative photographs and schematic sketches.

An introduction to the zen rock garden and its purpose structure and relationship with natural lands

In a three-arrangement, a tallest rock usually represents heaven, the shortest rock is the earth, and the medium-sized rock is humanity, the bridge between heaven and earth. You will learn about Japanese lanterns, miniature pagodas, water basins, gates, and walls, and will be shown step by step how to make a bamboo lattice fence.

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But in Kyoto in the 14th and 15th century, a new kind of garden appeared at the important zen temples. This illustrated volume looks at the history and philosophy of Japanese gardening explaining, without technical jargon, the reasons behind the aesthetic, as well as showing the practical aspects that go to make up this form of gardening.

He created four different gardens, one for each face of the main temple building. The book provides the basics behind each design and structure, revealing the significance behind elements such as fences, rocks, buildings, and ornaments, as well as suggestions on what plants to use.

On the psychological level, it shows that the ominous wars had awakened people to recognize the precariousness of life and find reasons to be more sensitive to ephemeral beauty of nature; magnificent spring flowers that were so short-lived; colorful foliage that would die in the bitterness of winter.

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The team behind this book excels at capturing and explaining the essential elements and techniques that distinguish Japanese gardens from those of other countries. These zen gardens were designed to stimulate meditation. The moss which now surrounds the rocks and represents water, was not part of the original garden plan; it grew several centuries later when the garden was left untended, but now is the most famous feature of the garden. The small space given to create these gardens usually poses a challenge for the gardeners. There is also a glossary which has explanations of japanese fence names and structural terms, as well as technical drawings of the designs to better understand their complexity. Landscape Architecture. It is an excellent companion to take on any tour of Japanese gardens, and features a complete list of public Japanese gardens in the United States and Canada. Living with Japanese Gardens shows how to capture and integrate an authentic Japanese aesthetic into any landscape plan. The text is augmented by an excellent selection of photographs, historical prints, maps and color plates.

Buddha Nature - Zen is a branch of Buddhism, which should not be considered a religion, at least not in a conventional sense, as it has nothing to do with divine power or metaphysical theories of human existence.

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