- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc (10 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4805313218
- ISBN-13: 978-4805313213
- Product Dimensions:: 20.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 703 g
- Customer reviews: 20 customer ratings
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Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art Hardcover – 10 March 2015
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"Bring the art and beauty of Japan to your garden with inspiration from Kyoto Gardens, written by Judith Clancy and photographed by Ben Simmons." --HGTV Gardens "A beautiful book that will appeal to gardeners, armchair travelers, or readers interested in Japanese history and culture." --Library Journal "'Kyoto Gardens' is the sort of travel book that will make you miss Japan, whether you've been there or not." --About.com "Here is an instance in which one can certainly judge a book by its cover. The cover of Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art contains eight vignetted color photographs that sumptuously display the rich combination of organic and man-made features that populate the serenely elegant gardens of Kyoto, Japan. One is immediately drawn to the breathtaking scenes displayed within, accompanied by text that is both descriptive and evocative, yet unobtrusive." -Examiner.com "Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art provides a lively survey of Kyoto's gardens and landscapes and comes from a master photographer and a Kyoto-based writer who capture the beauty of the city's major gardens." --Midwest Book Review "An exquisite appreciation of Kyoto as a spiritual place with its gardens of such beauty, variety and devotion." --Spirituality & Practice blog "Clancy, living in Kyoto, provides historical, aesthetic and cultural context to the gardens, and Simmons' photographs present a fresh look at Kyoto's most important gardens." --Publishers Weekly "...a most excellent book: a lively, interesting and informative text illustrated with Ben Simmons's brilliant photography. [A] book very much worth adding to one's library." --Shakkei, Japanese Garden Society UK
About the Author
Judith Clancy has lived in Kyoto for more than 40 years, writing and teaching about Japanese culture. Her first publication, Naturescapes, was a tribute to her Ikebana teacher, Tamura Suiko, who, through the art of flower arrangement, instilled a deep and subtle appreciation of Japanese aesthetics and character. Exploring Kyoto: On Foot in the Ancient Capital went beyond the usual guidebook. Its 30 detailed walks through Kyoto reveal temples, shrines and folklore to visitors while taking them on a journey through centuries of Japan's traditional architecture and culture. Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide relays the culinary delights within Kyoto's renovated townhouses, and in Kyoto: City of Zen, Clancy and Simmons introduce viewers to Japan's ancient capital. Clancy lives in a 120-year-old converted weaving studio in Nishijin, the weaving and dyeing district of Kyoto. Visit her website at kyotoworkshops.com. Ben Simmons is a longtime Japan resident whose photos have appeared in books, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the United Nations. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida. Some of his other book projects are Tokyo Megacity and Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms, both published by Tuttle.
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A stroll into mystery
27 June 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
From its first lines, where Clancy envisions a winged dinosaur soaring over ancient Japan, it is evident that this is an usual book from a singular writer. This tour of some of Kyoto's most remarkable gardens is a banquet of color, texture, and ideas--as well as a wish list for those lucky enough to visit that jewel of a city. Part of the credit goes, of course, Ben Simmons' sumptuous photos. But the spirit is Clancy's. As an American living in Japan, she is in a unique position to interpret these amazing places for us. Somehow managing to be precise, intimate, and mysterious at the same time, these gardens are among the true jewels of human endeavor. (I imagine if advanced aliens came to earth, they'd be interested most in J.S. Bach and Japanese garden art.) Highly recommended.
A garden whispers to those who listen....
15 March 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
Kyoto Gardens is a companion book to Ben Simmons and Judith Clancy’s 2013 book, Kyoto: City of Zen. In similar fashion to the previous book – there are equal parts of inspiration and education. The photos capture both the expansive landscapes of the gardens and the poignant stillness that we each hope to witness in these exquisite places. You can appreciate the skill of Simmons’s photography – the images place you at eye level, as if you are walking through the gardens, looking down at the stone paths or across the water. Really lovely, and subtle. (See his book Tokyo Desire for another angle on his artistry.) Clancy’s text explains the intent of the gardens and the methodology – distilling a very complex subject down for us to grasp the basics. The inclusion of maps for each of the regions is useful as an orienting tool – not as a guidebook but to see the regional relationships and a bit of wayfinding. The size of the book is as intimate as the subject – perfect for tucking into a backpack or leaving on your desk for a bit of wishful traveling.
Awe inspiring gardens
7 August 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
What a wonderful retreat from the stressful everyday world to open this book and immediately feel the tranquility and beauty of Kyoto Gardens. The reader is rewarded with illuminating text by Judith Clancy and gorgeously rich photographs by Ben Simmons. The chapters are organized by regions of Kyoto, with some accompanying maps for those who may be planning a trip or want more localized information. But even if you never leave home, the book offers an armchair vacation to a world where every leaf and stone counts! My only complaint is that the format should have been larger to do justice to the wonderful pictures!
Beautifully photographed and very inspiring.
11 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
It’s a beautiful book full of georgeous photos of the Kyoto Gardens. I am currently designing a Japanese garden in my back yard, so it was very helpful and gave me lots of ideas.
11 April 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
An amazing book that captures the history, design and beauty of many of the impressive gardens throughout Kyoto. Having been to nearly all of the gardens described in the book, it's easy to see how well Ms. Clancy and Mr Simmons captured their beauty. The accompanying descriptions provide an understanding of the design and importance of each garden. If a person is looking for reasons to visit Kyoto and it's many gardens, this book is it. What a great publication..........