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.

Related Books
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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Purchase (Your Amazon purchase from this link benefits Japanese Gardening Organization):
Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden: A Modern Translation of Japan’s Gardening Classic (Tuttle Classics)


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