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Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden: A Modern Translation of Japan's Gardening Classic

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Learn the art of Japanese gardening with this classic, fascinating text.

The Sakuteiki, or "Records of Garden Making," was written nearly one thousand years ago. It is the oldest existing text on Japanese gardening—or any kind of gardening—in the world. In this edition of the Sakuteiki the authors provide an English-language translation of this classic work and an introduct
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1090)
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Patricia
Mar 21, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very clear and helpful edition. The introduction had to cover vast ground, which occasionally made it hard to follow, but I it was helpful to readers like me with no background whatsoever. The introduction drew in a number of passages from the text, so that when I got to it I had context for passages that would have been completely enigmatic otherwise.
Katy
Sep 06, 2015 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heavily-annotated translation of a Heian-period text on garden design.
The first half of the book contains a lot of background information to put it into context, such as the typical layout of the types of houses to have such gardens and the importance of things like Buddhism, geomancy and directional taboos to their design.
I found this pretty interesting, but it has a lot of typos and punctuation errors.
Renate
Oct 05, 2014 Renate marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A reference source for The Garden of Evening Mists
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