Japanese Gardens, Rock Gardens, Dry Landscapes
What Is A Japanese Garden?
I love Japanese Gardens and have visited many in the United States and in Japan. I created this page as a resource for those who, like me, love Japanese gardens, are thinking about creating a garden or simply want to know more about them. I have included links to websites with information about popular Japanese Gardens, websites with photos of Japanese Gardens, instructions and materials for creating your own gardens and links to additional information.
Japanese gardens are places of tranquil beauty where man and nature are allowed to be as one, a place that creates an easy translation between outside and inside. The aesthetic qualities are evident even to the most casual observer, but the gardens provide reflective qualities as well.
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Create Your Own Japanese Garden
This is a step-by-step, practical approach to creating Japanese gardens.
"The traditional Japanese Garden combines characteristics which have been developed over many centuries and which reflect the differing influences prevailing during particular periods of history. Some persons who have visited many such gardens deny the existence of a "typical traditional Japanese garden" claiming that the gardens they have seen differ greatly one from another. However, this is comparable to stating that an 'average Japanese' does not exist because each Japanese is so different. Just as most Japanese share characteristics which can be identified, so it is possible in most cases to identify a traditional Japanese garden by analyzing its general appearance and savoring its atmosphere." -Dr. Koichi Kawana
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- The Japanese Garden ~ :Symbolism & Esthetics
IN THE TRADITIONAL JAPANESE GARDEN - AN INTRODUCTION by Dr. Koichi Kawana
More Information About The Japanese Garden
- Bowdoin College web site on Japanese gardens
The gardens pictured on this page-most of them located in Kyoto and its environs-are given reasonably full coverage on this web site. Clicking on a thumbnail image will take you to an introductory page from which you can take a tour of the garden, co
- Describing a Japanese Garden
An Attempt at Describing a Japanese Garden I'm no authority on Japanese gardens, but the following is my best effort at describing what makes a Japanese landscape garden. Three primary factors played a major role in the design of many of the gardens
- Japanese garden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Japanese garden Stone lantern amid plants. The shape of the roof will trap and hold a picturesque cap of snow.Japanese gardens (Kanji 日本庭園, nihon
- JGarden - Home
The Japanese Garden Database is intended as a repository of information on the historical gardens of Japan. It is a non-profit, educational web site that seeks to provide information on a selection of outstanding examples of garden art found in Japan
- JAPANESE GARDEN
Japanese Garden - Guide to Japanese garden: famous Japanese gardens, Japanese gardens pictures, Japanese garden in Japan and Japanese garden styles.
Elements of the Japanese Garden - Waterfalls - Flickr photo by g_kat26
Japanese Gardens Cowra 2008
Have You Ever Visited A Japanese Garden?
Japanese Gardens in a Weekend
This book presents projects in an easy to understand format.
Elements of the Japanese Garden - Bridges - Flickr photo by DieselDemon
Books For Your Library about Japanese Gardens
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A practical guide to planning and constructing a Japanese garden. Step-by-step instructions explain every facet, from displaying plants and rocks to mastering drainage and lighting, to creating bamboo fences and hedges.
In this book, renowned garden designer Motomi Oguchi offers the reader a step-by-step, practical approach to creating Japanese gardens, drawn from a wealth of experience that covers thirty years and encompasses the design of more than 400 gardens. The author uses real examples from gardens hehas designed, constructed, and photographed to illustrate his key points, approaching each work from the perspective of the home or building owner.Oguchi begins with front gardens, as these are usually what...
Here is a concise introduction to the practical aspects of making a Japanese garden. Whether your garden is a spacious suburban lot, an office countyard, or a tiny inner-city backyard, you will find here hundreds of creative but time-honored ways to make maximum use of the space you have. You will learn how to lay stones and pathways and how to create intriguing sand patterns like the ones in Zen temple gardens. You will learn about Japanese lanterns, miniature pagodas, water basins, gates, and...
With their superbly shaped trees and shrubs, subtly colored foliage, and emphasis on nature in its pure state, Japanese Zen gardens are spaces of beauty and tranquility. Serene Gardens is an exquisitely illustrated introduction to the style and its traditions—and the only book that explains how to use western plants and materials to achieve the minimalist look beloved by Japanese garden designers. Gardeners will find plant lists; climate zone maps; instructions for selecting readily availab...
Winner of the 2006 American Horitcultural Society Book Award! Gardening has reached new heights of sophistication, and this book profiles a number of the most notable gardens in Japan and beyond. The goal of a Japanese garden is to suggest a landscape, to depict famous natural scenes, or to evoke a particular artistic quality or atmosphere. Graveled courtyards, early aristocratic gardens, Zen gardens, and several other elements all play key roles in these extravagant landscapes.The Art of the J...
The strong horizontals of bamboo reflected in a dark circle of water; the rhythmic clap of the deer scarer; the contemplative beauty of waves created in sand: combinations of nature and art that soothe and uplift the spirit. Your vision of a Japanese garden need not be confined to Japan. Hereis a fully comprehensive guiide which will enable you to capture in your home or office environment the elusive spirit of the Japanese garden-no matter where you live. The author, a Japanese landscape architect who has been living and designing Japanese gardens in the West for many years, will show you step by-step how to accomplish this ideal utilizing your own special environment and using materials which are readily available in the West. Since moving to the UKin 1974, the author has designed and created many Japanese gardens, from small private gardens to large public spaces of over two acres. It is from this direct experience that he draws the material for this book. The step-by-step instructions are easy-to-follow, and also included are many drawingsand photographs to illustrate the points that are made. "Many books on Japanese gardens can be found in bookstores and libraries, but most do not take into account the different environments found outside Japan nor the diverse materials available worldwide. They tend either to be translations of books written by Japanese landscape architects andgardeners living and working in Japan, or books written by those who visit Japan to research the gardens, with the intention of introducing them to the rest of the world... These books are ideal for learning about the history and appearance of Japanese gardens, but lack the practical advicenecessary for constructing your own garden.. .I believe that as the interest in and understanding of Japanese culture continues to spread, so will the popularity of and desire for Japanese gardens. I hope that this book will give pleasure to all those of you who, like me, are captivated by thegardens of Japan, and that it will help you to create a garden of your own that you can enjoy day after day."
Japanese Garden From You Tube
Japanese Garden Oriental Wind Chime
Harmonically tuned garden bell chimes, , create a gentle beautiful ringing in the breeze.
Elements of the Japanese Garden - Lanterns, Shrubs & Rocks - Flickr photo by Tim Lee Photographic Art
Elements of the Japanese Garden - Paths - Flickr phot by Tim Lee Photographic Art
What Is Your Favorite Feature Of A Japanese Garden?
Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens
Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens explains the fundamental principles of this tradition and describes how those principles may be applied.
Hill Gardens, Dry Gardens, and Tea Gardens
Garden design has been an important Japanese art for many centuries. Traditional Japanese landscape gardens can be broadly categorized into three types, Tsukiyama Gardens (hill gardens), Karesansui Gardens (dry gardens) and Chaniwa Gardens (tea gardens). Japan-guide.com
Japanese Gardens in the United States - A small list
- Japanese Gardens in the US
The following list of Japanese gardens in the US is a small percentage of those that exist, I suspect, but it's a start and it's all I know about. Any information on additional gardens will be most helpful and much appreciated.
Creating Your Own Japanese Garden
Photos Of Japanese Gardens
- Absolute Japan - Photographs of rock zen gardens
Japanese Photo gallery - images of Buddhist zen gardens in Kyoto
Landscapes for Small Spaces: Japanese Courtyard Gardens
This book is an invaluable reference for all garden creators, from amateur to professional.
Rosalind's Japanese Garden, "The Joy of Gardening"
- Photo from The Joy of Gardening
Rosalind I. J. Hackett, Ph.D.
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