Zen gardens The complete works of Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's leading garden designer

Mira Locher

Book - 2012

Presents 37 major gardens around the world in a wide variety of types and settings: traditional and contemporary, urban and rural, public spaces and private residences, and including temple, office, hotel and campus venues. Masuno achieved fame for his work in Japan, but he is becoming increasingly known internationally, and in 2011 completed his first commission in the United States. Divided into three chapters "Traditional Zen Gardens," "Contemporary Zen Gardens" and "Zen Gardens outside Japan," with photographs and architectural plans or sketches, each garden is described and analyzed by author Mira Locher, herself an architect and a scholar well versed in Japanese culture.

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Toyko ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Pub 2012.
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Mira Locher (-)
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Author: Mira Locher.
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224 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
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Shunmyo Masuno is a Buddhist priest and Japan's premier landscape designer. Locher's stunning presentation highlights 37 master gardens in Japan and abroad (including in the U.S.) that embody a transcendent marriage between the primal elements of nature and metaphysics. After tracing the history and evolution of Zen gardens through the centuries, the author examines and presents the contemporary work of Masuno. His gardens focus on the atmosphere of a garden. "In Japanese culture," writes Masuno, "rather than emphasizing the form of something itself, more importance is placed on the feeling of the invisible things that come with it: restrained elegance, delicate beauty, elegant simplicity and rusticity." Designing and tending a "paradise garden" arose from the Pure Land school of Buddhist thought and remains a primary responsibility of the Buddhist priest. In these gardens, ornaments are eschewed in deference to the simplicity of using only a few basic elements: rocks, pea stone, carefully tended plant life. With 320 color photos and designs, Locher captures the mystery and mastery of Masuno's work. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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