Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens: Design Principles, Aesthetic Values

Front Cover
Kodansha International, 1991 - Gardening - 220 pages
0 Reviews
The art of the Japanese garden is a 1,500-year-old landscape design tradition that is still evolving, still instructive. Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens explains the fundamental principles of this tradition and describes how those principles may be applied to a much wider range of environments than exists in Japan.

In the first section the author draws on his own experience as an apprentice to a master gardener in Kyoto, as well as his considerable knowledge of Japanese classical texts, to present the garden design process in terms of three primary aesthetic considerations:

Scenic effects-reproductions of appealing natural landscape forms.

Sensory effects-varieties of scale, framing, rhythm, motion, and spatial quality.

Cultural effects-the incorporation of allusions to classical literature, poetry, and painting.

The final section comprises a complete translation of a classic gardening manual used by Buddhist monks in medieval Japan. Its rules for planting trees and setting rocks still make good design sense today, and the author includes numerous garden descriptions as examples of how ancient masters practiced their craft.

This clear, authoritative work, fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs, elucidates much about the Japanese compositional sense. But at the same time it is a plea for a more holistic approach to landscape design-a recognition that a garden should conform to certain natural principles as well as meet the emotional needs of those who view it.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Related books

References to this book

All Book Search results »

References from web pages

JSTOR: Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens: Design ...
SECRET TEACHINGS IN THE ART OF JAPANESE GARDENS: DESIGN PRINCIPLES, ARTISTIC VALUES by David A. Slawson. Kodansha Inter- national, Tokyo,Japan, 1987. ...
links.jstor.org/ sici?sici=0024-094X(1989)22%3A1%3C126%3ASTITAO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-I

Japanese Gardens - Bibliography
The Japanese Gardens. LINKS · GLOSSARY · BIBLIOGRAPHY · ORIGINS · ELEMENTS · GARDENS · OVERVIEW · COPYRIGHT · HELP · COMMENTS. Bibliography...
learn.bowdoin.edu/ japanesegardens/ bibliography.html

Recovery of visual structure in illustrated Japanese gardens
Recovery of visual structure in illustrated Japanese gardens. Source, Pattern Recognition Letters archive Volume 28 , Issue 6 (April 2007) table of contents ...
portal.acm.org/ citation.cfm?id=1224817.1225191

Publications
Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens: Design Principles, Aesthetic Values (Kodansha International, 1987). David Slawson’s classic work includes a ...
www.slawsoncreations.com/ Publications.htm

Japanese garden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article or section is missing citations or needs footnotes. Using inline citations helps guard against copyright violations and factual inaccuracies. ...
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Japanese_garden

jgarden - Gardens
Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens: Design principles and aesthetic values Slawson, David A [jgarden Bibliography] ...
www.jgarden.org/ gardens.asp?ID=280

Union College Asian Garden
Slawson, David A. Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens: Design Principles, Aesthetic Values. Tokyo; New York: Kodansha International, 1987. ...
idol.union.edu/ curan/ readings.htm

Japanese Gardens: Mental Space / Pictorial Space
Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens: Design Principles, Aesthetic Values, Tokyo and New. York: Kodansha International, 1987. p. ...
www.williamarbizudesign.com/ Pictorial%20Space.pdf

Pool & Spa News: Dry spell: they may seem like a contradiction ...
bnet. findarticles > Pool & Spa News > April 23, 2004 > Article > Print friendly. Dry spell: they may seem like a contradiction, but dry streams make ...
findarticles.com/ p/ articles/ mi_m0NTB/ is_9_43/ ai_n5996117/ print

Quotes by David S. Slawson
Remember me. Powered by Zaadz. FRIENDS · Members Invite Friends Find Your Friends · GROUPS · Groups Browse Groups Group Tags ...
quotes.gaia.com/ David_S_Slawson

About the author (1991)


DAVID A. SLAWSON studied under noted designer Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto. He received his Ph.D. in Japanese aesthetics and landscape garden design from Indiana University in 1985; he presently designs gardens for private residences and public buildings, and he has taught at Carleton College in Minnesota and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Bibliographic information