Hardcover: 143 pages
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing (2000)
Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
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. There basically seems to be two types of Japanese-gardening books that are commonly available to English-speaking folks. The first type is your typical coffee-table book, usually large in size with many nice full-color photographs and not a lot of text. Whatever text is included is usually breezy and not intended to be any deep discussion of principles or techniques. The main purpose of these types of books is clearly enjoyment; everyone fascinated with Japanese gardens always enjoys wading through a large picture-book of (famous) Japanese gardens...their tranquility and appeal comes across especially well in a large-size photo format. The famous gardens in Japan are truly visually staggering, and a wide-angle large pic from a professional Japanese photographer does more justice to the entire scope of a setting than a mere quarter-page photo, of course. However, regardless of size, most Western books on Japanese gardens, unwittingly or not, tend to fall into this category of being little more than "picture books"...the actual amount of detailed "how-to" material is very small, or worse, actually misleading. While these (English-language) picture books are enjoyable to peruse, they are of limited help to the gardener who wants more detailed "how-to" material.The second type of English-language Japanese garden book attempts to present more of the history, culture, philosophies, and perhaps even techniques of Japanese gardening. While nice pictures are also usually common in this format, the emphasis is perhaps more on instruction and practical tips.
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