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The Art of Setting Stones

& Other Writings from the Japanese Garden

2002, Stone Bridge Press



   In Japanese gardens, composition follows from placement of the first stone; all elements and plantings become interconnected. These eight essays on Kyoto gardens similarly begin with keen description and build into richly meditative excursions into art, Buddhism, nature, and science. Landscape architect Marc Keane shows how Japanese gardens are both a microcosm of the natural universe and a clear expression of our humanity, mirroring how we think, worship, and organize our lives and communities. Filled with passages of alluring beauty, this is a truly transcendent book about "experiencing" Japanese design.


   "This series of essays may be one of our most important modern interpretations of the meaning of the garden." -Donald Richie – Review


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