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 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.
Marc Peter Keane has lived in Kyoto for 17 years and is author of Japanese Garden Design. He designs residential, company, and temple gardens.
Not what I expected
I bought the book looking for an answer and came away with more questions instead. And yet... I have a better understanding of the Why of a Japanese garden, and will see them now with fresh eyes.
I have several books on Zen Gardens. All nice and good but ‘The Art of Setting Stones’ is like reading a beautiful painting .
No technical trudging through the hows or why’s , just an incredible journey into the gardens. Wonderful