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Create Your Own Japanese Garden: A Practical Guide Hardcover – July 1, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Oguchi, longtime designer of Japanese gardens and author of more than 18 books on the subject in Japanese, offers English speakers both an overview and practical knowledge of this easily recognized but to many Westerners mysterious art form. Oguchi describes the Japanese garden's relation to architecture from the ancient era to the mid–19th century, tracing its evolution from the lavish hills, ponds and waterfalls of early estates to the inward-turning, abbreviated and abstracted gardens of urban townhouses. He calls the guidelines of Japanese garden design naturalness, studied tastefulness, and harmony, tempered by flexibility for site conditions, current needs and desires, and self-expression, and presents essential design devices such as asymmetry, miekakure (hide and reveal). Most of the book gives concrete details on how to design and build a garden for the home or small business, using as examples the author's designs for restaurants, homes and his traditional teahouse. With precise instructions and illustrations for building typical elements such as bamboo fences and stone bridges, the book gives Americans all the information they need to create authentic Japanese gardens. The lack of a glossary may make it hard for readers to retain meanings of the many Japanese terms strewn throughout the text. (Aug.)
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"This is probably the best garden book to be published in English in the past half decade. [T]his book deserves an 'A' grade."
—Journal of Japanese Gardening

"This book is loaded with design ideas for East and West."
—Washington Post

"Just leafing through the photographs is enough to make you feel at peace!"
—My Home

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; First Edition edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770028040
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770028044
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not really a how-to book. The author shows, in detail, how to recreate some gardens that he created for clients. While this is interesting, you really can't create your own Japanese garden using this book.
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Although this is a nice book, it is not as good as the reviews led me to believe. The attractive photos focus on primarily a few gardens that the author himself has made. In at least a couple of cases, the gardens were built where cars had been parked. I kept wondering where the cars went. I am sure the owners did not get rid of them.
The book has been praised for telling readers how to build elements of the gardens. This is true for a few fences and such in the featured gardens. However, I am sure other books in my collection have more information about building more things.
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After buying and reading many books on design of Japanese gardens and being dissatisfied because of no detailed help, this book was refreshing. This book bridges the gap between concept and digging a hole to plant a tree. Is well worth the cost.
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This is an excellent book for those of us wishing to create their own Japanese style garden. There are numerous explanations and detailed instructions for creating various elements that are not described in most books on this subject. I can't wait for Spring to begin.
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I'm trying to put together a fairly authentic Japanese garden in my backyard, and this book is full of ideas you can implement, but it's also a simply beautiful picture tour of Japanese gardens and the elements that make them up.
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Create Your Own Japanese Garden: A Practical Guideinspired me to not only create my own Japanese garden, but I am adding an outdoor shower designed along the lines of a very small tea house. I hope this is not considered disrespectful of the Japanese culture!
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The book has some beautiful images in it. I had hoped it to be more informative as to what the appropriate directions were to building my own Japanese garden- hence "Practical Guide" but the instructions were brief at best. My book sleeve came damaged but I didn't want to hassle with returning it.
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Love this great book! Motomi Oguchi's first in English!
I have it displayed like a coffee table book, and relish over as a tresure I can disappear away into... Our tropically themed yard that has unparralled panoramic views offering one perfection longings of West, North and East will be comlimented and made more elegant with some Japanese themes running the spine of our yard... Japanese rock walkways, lit gracefully with stone lanturns... Something permanent in this ever un-permanent world. Yes, the true escape is home...
Love the details in this book and strict attention to tradition.
Lot's of photo's!!!
"Domo", Motomi Oguchi for your wonderful agricultural gifts...
I will be checking out Joseph Cali's new books, also.
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