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Japanese Zen Gardens

The austere, enigmatic rock gardens of Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, have never ceased to fascinate garden lovers. Weather-beaten rocks set in an expanse of white sand raked into geometric patterns challenge the idea of a garden as a space chiefly dedicated to the cultivation and appreciation of plants. How did the taste for this kind of garden arise? What do the stones represent? Why aren't there more flowers? Japanese Zen Gardens sets out to answer questions such as these. This book explores the Zen characteristics of these gardens, and discusses the impact Zen Buddhism has had on the Japanese way of looking at the natural world. This book considers how these gardens can be seen as artistic representations of Zen consciousness, reflecting the longing for religious enlightenment
Author:Yoko Kawaguchi
Language:English
Published:2014
Binding:HBK

Availability: On order

€ 32.50