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Gardeners have their rituals, like breaks for tea at ten and three, and on chill mornings a fire always precedes the beginning of work. As I enter the circle, white smoke rises from a small pile of twigs in the can, flames licking through the wood, crackling. The warm glow bathes outstretched hands, flickers across faces. We shuffle and clap, sip tea from thermoses, talk eagerly about nothing. One of the young men picks up a handful of loose twigs, snaps them in two. Some spicebush must have been mixed among them--a sudden sweet scent hinting of cinnamon mixes with the woody smoke. We have been working together for the last few days, building a small garden in front of a sitting room recently added to the side of an old home. Last year, clearing space for the new construction, we removed part of the old garden, saving what we could reuse and selling the rest to others in the trade. In Japan, garden materials--plants, stones, lanterns, and the like--make rounds through gardens like bees at flowers, andthough their journey is less fleet, like them they occupy any one spot only temporarily. Those that remain in place for centuries are rare; most are destined by the vagaries of history to a more transient life. The boulder waiting by the path is like that. It had been in the garden of a merchant's house for many generations before coming to this garden; and that was over seventy years ago. When we dismantled the old garden, we took it out, temporarily, and the construction of the new one will begin by putting it back: a link from old to new.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880656709
Author:
Keane, Marc P.
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japanese Gardens
Subject:
Kyoto
Subject:
Japanese Gardens - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Gardening-Asian Gardens
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-446
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 BandW illustrations
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.375 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "When Marc Peter Keane describes, with poetry and erudition, the experience of the Japanese garden today, he has no peer."
"Review" by , "Marc Peter Keane writes eloquently in the meditative tradition of Thoreau's Walden and Okakura Tenshin's The Book of Tea."
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A garden designer in Japan looks deeply into nature and composition to discover truth and beauty.
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"Synopsis" by , Essays for the philosophical gardener (or the gardening philosopher) reveal the meditative beauty and meaning in traditional Japanese garden design.
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