Synopses & Reviews
In Japanese gardens, composition follows from placement of the first stone; all elements and plantings become interconnected. These eight essays on Kyoto gardens similarly begin with keen description and build into richly meditative excursions into art, Buddhism, nature, and science. Landscape architect Marc Peter Keane shows how Japanese gardens are both a microcosm of the natural universe and a clear expression of our humanity, mirroring how we think, worship, and organize our lives and communities. Filled with passages of alluring beauty, this is a truly transcendent book about "experiencing" Japanese design.
"When Marc Peter Keane describes, with poetry and erudition, the experience
of the Japanese garden today, he has no peer." Leonard Koren, author of Gardens of Gravel and Sand
"Marc Peter Keane writes eloquently in the meditative tradition of Thoreau's Walden and Okakura Tenshin's The Book of Tea." Alex Kerr, author of Lost Japan
Essays for the philosophical gardener (or the gardening philosopher) reveal the meditative beauty and meaning in traditional Japanese garden design.
Final book included in the BookSense White Box program for independent bookstores.
A garden designer in Japan looks deeply into nature and composition to discover truth and beauty.
About the Author
Marc Peter Keane has lived in Kyoto for 17 years and designs residential, company, and temple gardens. The author of Japanese Garden Design and coauthor of Sakuteiki, he is an adjunct professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design and a visiting lecturer at Cornell University.