No two Japanese gardens are ever the same. Each is inimitable, yet
embodies commonalities of design and aesthetic taste. Each finds the
space for innovation within a tradition that benefits from a thousand
years of applied knowledge. Japan's Master Gardens explores the
ingenuity and range of Japanese landscaping, from the self-imposed
confines of courtyard designs to the open expanses of the stroll garden.
Japan's Master Gardens illustrates how, through the
ministrations of generations of gardeners, original landscapes have
maintained their mastery and demonstrates how contemporary landscaping
draws from tradition, making ancient gardens relevant to the lives of
people in the twenty-first century. This beautifully illustrated book
takes readers on an exploration of the outward forms, underpinning
principles, complex use of metaphor and allusion, and beauty and depth
that set the Japanese garden apart.