Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Garden Design in North America, the Work of Five Contemporary Masters


Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Garden Design in North America, the Work of Five Contemporary Masters


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Japanese gardens are found throughout the world – their unique forms now considered a universal art form. This stunning Japanese gardening book examines the work of five leading landscape architects in North America who are exploring the extraordinary power of Japanese-style garden design to create an immersive experience promoting personal and social well-being.

Master garden designers Hoichi Kurisu, Takeo Uesugi, David Slawson, Shin Abe, and Marc Keane, have each interpreted the style and meaning of the Japanese garden in unique ways in their innovative designs for private, commercial, and public spaces. Several recent Japanese-style gardens by each designer are featured in this book with detailed descriptions and sumptuous colour photos.

Hoichi Kurisu – transformative spaces for spiritual and physical equilibrium.

Takeo Uesugi – bright, flowing gardens that evoke joyful living.

David Slawson – evocations of native place that fuse with the surrounding landscape.

Shin Abe – dynamically balanced ‘visual stories’ that produce meaning and comfort.

Marc Keane – reflections on human connections with nature through the art of gardens.

Also included are essays on the designers and mini-essays by them about gardens in Japan which have most inspired their work, as well as commentaries by patrons and visitors to their North American gardens. The book focuses on recently-created gardens to suggest how the art form is currently evolving, and to understand how Japanese garden design principles and practices are being adapted to suit the needs and ways of people living and working outside Japan today.

“Visionary Landscapes caters to gardeners who treat horticulture as a craft or artistry, but also serves as an eye-opening piece for the average reader. True to the publisher’s goal, this book explores the idea of nature as the original form of art that is rich in Asian culture and history – it bridges some of the cultural gap between Asia and North America. […] It’s refreshing to read from an author so passionate about his subject.” -Washington Gardener magazine

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Dimensions 216 × 267 mm

Kendall H. Brown

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Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History at California State University Long Beach. He recently served as Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at the Pacific Asia Museum. He received BA and MA degrees in history and art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in art history from Yale University. Dr Brown publishes actively in various areas of Japanese art. He is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America, and is the author of Japanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast and Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America Photographer David M. Cobb is a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America). He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and their two cats.



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