Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden Book Cover Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden
Jiro Takei, Marc P. Keane,
Gardening
Tuttle Publishing
October 15, 2008
256

 
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 introduction to the cultural and historical context that led to the development of Japanese gardening. Central to this explanation is an understanding of the sacred importance of stones in Japanese culture and Japanese garden design. Written by a Japanese court noble during the Heian period (794-1184), the Sakuteiki includes both technical advice on gardening—much of which is still followed in today's Japanese gardens—and an examination of the four central threads of allegorical meaning, which were integral features of Heian-era garden design. For those seeking inspiration to build a rock garden or just better understand the Japanese stone garden, the Sakuteiki is an enduring classic.

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Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden provides a foundational context for understanding many perspectives on Japanese Gardening.

It begins with Visions of the Garden including the context of life in the period it was written.  The emphasis on Nature, Geomancy, Buddhism and Taboos.  In the words of the author on page 37 of the text:

  • “By examining each of these interpretations, we hope to set the stage for a deeper understanding of this ancient Treatise as well as to offer, to gardeners and garden designers alike, possibilities of enhancing their own work.”

So many foundational common principles and context for garden design are given they are too numerous to list in a review.  A single example:  of one of the foundational common principles and context for garden design on Nature:  Shotoku no Senzui from page 39:

  • “Select several places on the property according to the shape of the land and pond, and create a subtle atmosphere, reflecting again and again on the memories of wild nature”

There is a wealth of other information in the book, perhaps more comments on this topic as time evolves discussion on those particular areas with references back to this tread.

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Sakuteiki Visions of the Japanese Garden theory and sayings of creating a garden  is great when paired with Infinite Spaces: The Art and Wisdom of the Japanese Garden.

Overall, It seems in a way, with every new revision and growth toward better design in my garden, the sayings and guiding principles in Sakuteiki come to life in wonderful ways

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