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THE ART AND DESIGN OF A JAPANESE GARDEN
Sep07

THE ART AND DESIGN OF A JAPANESE GARDEN

    THE ART AND DESIGN OF A JAPANESE GARDEN An Interview with Douglas Roth, publisher of The Journal of Japanese Gardening by Steve Beimel   [Originally published in ny publication, The Kyoto Diary, in the late 1990’s] This past June I had the pleasure of co-leading a special Garden Tour of Kyoto with Doug Roth and Tamao Coda, both of whom publish The Journal of Japanese Gardening. l have the pleasure here to share my recent...

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The Adachi Method: Its Secret of Success by Doug Roth

What makes the Adachi Museum in Matsue so successful? What do they do that other places do not? For starters, every single employee at the Museum understands what it takes to maintain a top-notch garden. Visitors to the Museum don’t usually get to see this, but each morning every Museum employee works outside in the garden for almost an hour doing cleaning and maintenance. And when I say every employee, I mean everyone, from top to...

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Keeping Koi by Tom Burton

Keeping koi as it is called, takes the application of both art and science to do successfully and, like most things worth doing properly, is more difficult and involved than is immediately obvious. Like cats, dogs and horses, the most interesting and beautiful fish do not happen by accident; the parents are chosen through a painstaking process and aided in breeding. But unlike warm blooded animals, the offspring are individually (yes...

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Yasui Yuji-san: A man of conviction and passion

There are places of beauty that touch me, but the garden at out-of-the-way Rengeji Temple in northeastern Kyoto is one of my favorites. The shady courtyard entry was planted in wildflowers by resident priest Yasui Yuji-san, a passionate environmentalist. By impeccably maintaining the 400-year old Tendai Buddhist site, he provides us with a richly contemplative atmosphere. Rengeji a very special place for those who find their way to...

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Shugaku-in: Spring is Here –  a Visit to an Imperial Villa
Mar23

Shugaku-in: Spring is Here – a Visit to an Imperial Villa

Spring has arrived one week early this year. Kyoto is already blooming with snow willows and plums. I saw the first cherry blossoms today, along the Kamo River. I have spent the past two weeks guiding an artist and a professor of landscape architecture to all of my favorite gardens in Kyoto. A few days ago we visited Shugaku-in Imperial Villa. Built in the 1600's as a retired emperor's country villa, Shugaku-in consists of ...

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