- Plastikspiralbindung: 62 Seiten
- Verlag: Japan Pubn; Auflage: Spi (15. April 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 4889961836
- ISBN-13: 978-4889961836
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,7 x 1 x 10,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 316.875 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Styles and Motifs of Japanese Gardens (Englisch) Plastikspiralbindung – 15. April 2005
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Katsuhiko Mizuno was born in Kyoto and is best known for his camera work. He has photographed Japanese gardens in Kyoto for forty years. Through his close relationship with Shigemori Mirei, the renowned authority on Japanese gardens, Mizuno has gained a profound knowledge of the art.
der japanischen Gärten mit wichtigsten Schulen der traditionelen Gartenkunst zu einer zeitgemäßen Syntese zusammmengefasst.
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However, unless you are steeped in the mysteries and culture of Japanese religion, you would no more understand the deeper symbolism of the place than a lifelong Buddhist would understand the icons of a Catholic church. Japanese gardens are not mere works of beauty. In some cases, they are encoded representations of paradise. In other cases, mediation tools to assist in gaining enlightenment. In all cases, they are much more than what they appear.
Katsuhiko Mizuno has kindly written a guide book, a decoder if you will, to the delights of the garden. "Styles and Motifs: Japanese Gardens" is an essential book. Mizuno has made simple the complex structure, elucidating the symbology of the naturescape and the intentions of the gardener. Set into thirty basic motifs, such as "Moss Gardens," "Sand Designs," "Buddhist Trinity Stones" and "Rock Arrangements Symbolizing Eternal Life," the book explains and shows examples of typical features. Each feature is accompanied by a beautiful photograph, and information as to which gardens throughout Japan that particular feature can be found.
The book is compact, and spiral bound, making it very convenient to carry and travel with. Anyone coming to Japan would be happy to have included a copy in their packing.
I have been to Ryoan-ji in Kyoto many times, and each time I can hear people, staring at the famous Dry Landscape Garden (#15 in the book) saying, "Its beautiful, but what does it mean? I just don't get it." If they had a copy of "Styles and Motifs: Japanese Gardens," think of how much richer their experiences would have been!
This book is 6 inches...it's a combed bound landscape pocket book.
Sure the pictures and the short essays that accompany them are lovely...bring a magnifying glass!
However, the essays often point out the shortcomings of the book. In one case, it talks of how a garden was built to be enjoyed from multiple points of view; however, you only get one photo of the garden. In another case, a pond garden is described as being enjoyed from a boat; but the picture is from the shore.
For you zen folk: the nature of the book is not in harmony with the content of the book. A pocket book can never cover the scope of these gardens.
I gave it two stars because it might be good as a learning aid to those studying Japanese gardens...the landscape binding make it a pretty good flash-card system.