Gardens

Kyoto's gardens are among its most enduring attractions. More meditative than decorative, exhibiting a distinctive (mostly minimal) aesthetic that reveals both seasonal and timeless features. KJ contributing editor Marc Peter Keane is a recognized expert and prolific author on Japanese garden design, providing many insights into how Japanese society has traditionally coexisted with nature.  

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The Japanese Garden Database

Stroll through the gardens of Kyoto virtually: Kyoto Gardens The Bowdoin College Japanese Garden website, includes gardens in Kyoto, Nara and Kanazawa.

 

Kyoto's Four Seasons i-pad application by Hidehiko Mizuno

  Advice to young garden designers in Kyoto: Of course I am all for the conventional ways of learning. Visit many gardens, study Buddhist sculpture carefully, drink deep of history and all forms of traditional culture, and read, read, read. But don't forget drinking. When you wander through town under the influence you become aware of all sorts of things in traditional construction that you couldn't see before. They were meant to be discovered with the aid of sake.

—Sano Toemon KJ 16 Kyoto Speaks

 

Gardens

On July 25, 2011 By

Gardens Kyoto’s gardens are among its most enduring attractions. More meditative than decorative, exhibiting a distinctive (mostly minimal) aesthetic that reveals both seasonal and timeless features. KJ contributing editor Marc Peter Keane is a recognized expert and prolific author on Japanese garden design, providing many insights into how Japanese society has traditionally coexisted with nature. […]

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[Love of rocks and gardens is what lured me to Japan. During an extended visit I photographed gardens in Kyoto every day for a year…

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Partitioned Views

On September 15, 2015 By

Kyoto, described by photographer Ben Simmons in Kyoto Gardens as, “a unique treasure of concentrated beauty and spirit found nowhere else,” is a good place to start an exploration of the Japanese garden.

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The Garden View

On September 3, 2015 By

“My idea was to create photographs that explore this undefined border between private and public space by photographing the garden from deep inside the temple, balancing the areas of the tatami/ meditation space and the garden space equally in the image.”

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BY LEANNE OGASAWARA

Connecting gardens and poetry, author and garden designer Marc P. Keane illuminates something that is unique to Japanese landscape-art history.

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Boundaries

On November 17, 2011 By

BY MARC PETER KEANE

I look outside again and something happens, at once strange and wonderful. I breathe, deeply, and the universe inhales with me. Suddenly, and with great force, the air expands…

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Rediscovering Kyoto

On November 13, 2011 By

BY MARI KATSUI

I work as a guide for foreign tourists and though I mean to introduce them to the charms of Japan, instead it is often they who remind me of my country’s beauty.

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The SoundSilence of Water

On November 8, 2011 By

BY GUNTER NITSCHKE

The tea-masters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, mostly lay adepts of Zen, were the ultimate artists in the use of water for its sound, form and haptic effects.

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Rocking to the Flow

On October 25, 2011 By

GARDENS
BY YAMASHITA YASUHIRO

The 7th generation Ogawa Jihei (1860-1933), better known as “Ueji,” was a magician with water and stone and a pioneer of modern Japanese garden design…

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In the Jade Garden

On October 13, 2011 By

GARDENS
REVIEW BY STEPHEN MANSFIELD

Japanese garden authority Marc P. Keane writes, “To walk the length of a roji (tea garden) is the spiritual complement of a journey from town to the deep recesses of a mountain where stands a hermit’s hut.”

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