Japanese Garden Design

Theory and practice in the creation of Japanese gardens

The Beauty of Japanese Gardens

The Beauty of Japanese Gardens

Can a Japanese garden be designed for the needs of a culture and changing times, and still respect the original tenets of Japanese garden design? Japanese Garden designer, Edzard Teubert examines this possibility through exploration of Japanese history and philosophy....

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Japanese Architecture – Japanese Garden

Japanese Architecture – Japanese Garden

This short essay by traditional Japanese carpenter, Chris Hall, is intended to give an overview of the relationships between house and garden in traditional Japanese residential architecture. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most terms with...

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Seeing the Japanese Garden

Seeing the Japanese Garden

Doubt -  Learning to see the Japanese garden  Mark Bourne looks back on his experience as an apprentice to a Master Gardener in Kyoto, and shares a rare glimpse into the challenges of that world. Adapted by permission from the article in the January 2011 PACIFIC...

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Kumamoto En  熊本園

Kumamoto En 熊本園

The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. This team included craftsmen from Yasuimoku Koumuten in Kyoto. The garden is patterned after the famous 300 year old Suizenji Park 水前寺 in Kumamoto and contains many of the same elements. These plaques in English and Japanese stand at the entrance to the Kumamoto En (pictured below).

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The Garden Path

The Garden Path

 Japanese Gardening Organization has enjoyed the writings of Professor Elliot Mitchnick as he guided us through the tea garden for a formal tea ceremony. Although he is not a Japanese gardener, we asked him to share his thoughts on pathways in the tea garden. Here is...

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