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Create Your Own Japanese Garden: A Practical Guide [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Motomi Oguchi , Joseph Cali
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31 Mar 2007
In this book, renowned garden designer Motomi Oguchi offers the reader a step-by-step, practical approach to creating Japanese gardens, drawn from a wealth of experience that covers thirty years and encompasses the design of more than 400 gardens. The author uses real examples from gardens he has designed, constructed, and photographed to illustrate his key points, approaching each work from the perspective of the home or building owner.

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  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (31 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568365446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568365442
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is loaded with design ideas for East and West." --Washington Post"This is probably the best ... garden book to be published in English in the past half decade. ... this book deserves an 'A' grade."--Journal of Japanese Gardening"With precise instructions and illustrations for building typical elements such as bamboo fences and stone bridges, the book gives Americans all the information they need to create authentic Japanese gardens."--Publishers Weekly"Just leafing through the photographs is enough to make you feel at peace!" --My Home

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Motomi Oguchi was born in 1947. Since he began his career as a garden designer, he has created about 400 Japanese gardens for homes, temples, and public buildings including the Schloss Schoenbrunn in Vienna and his current project, the Shizen-An spa/retreat on the north fork of Long Island, NY. His co-author, Joseph Cali, wrote The New Zen Garden published by Kodansha International.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, inspirational book 5 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be an excellent source of inspiration when I was planning my japanese garden and I enjoy thumbing through it again and again. It has numerous examples of gardens the author has either made 'from scratch' or has renovated. These vary in size from small courtyards to fair-sized backyard areas.

As it is written by a Japanese gardener, not a Westerner, it has an aspect of authenticity which I find tends to be lacking in European and American books. It also focuses on private gardens, rather than the large temple gardens which are featured in numerous other books. His gardens are very beautiful, simple and elegant.

I would recommend this book along with 'Niwaki' and "Courtyard Gardens of Kyoto's Merchant houses" for anyone aspiring to make a japanese garden and who wishes to give it a sense of authenticity, avoiding too many of the Western cliches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars provides all you need to know 26 Jun 2013
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Great ideas and photos,You may get some fresh ideas but very helpful if you are looking to create your own Japanese garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zent to heaven 1 April 2014
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For the budding Japanese gardener or Niwa or the perfect Zen moment of creating the garden in your mind while reading ,this is a lovely book full of good ideas and good photographs. Recomended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the reviews led me to believe 24 Jan 2008
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Although this is a nice book, it is not as good as the reviews led me to believe. The attractive photos focus on primarily a few gardens that the author himself has made. In at least a couple of cases, the gardens were built where cars had been parked. I kept wondering where the cars went. I am sure the owners did not get rid of them.
The book has been praised for telling readers how to build elements of the gardens. This is true for a few fences and such in the featured gardens. However, I am sure other books in my collection have more information about building more things.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 12 Feb 2009
By Bettymouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is not really a how-to book. The author shows, in detail, how to recreate some gardens that he created for clients. While this is interesting, you really can't create your own Japanese garden using this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hew's Review 11 April 2009
By J. Hew - Published on Amazon.com
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After buying and reading many books on design of Japanese gardens and being dissatisfied because of no detailed help, this book was refreshing. This book bridges the gap between concept and digging a hole to plant a tree. Is well worth the cost.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource on creating a Japanese Garden 19 Dec 2007
By paul - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for those of us wishing to create their own Japanese style garden. There are numerous explanations and detailed instructions for creating various elements that are not described in most books on this subject. I can't wait for Spring to begin.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From inspiration to instruction 22 Aug 2009
By Sarah J. Ritter - Published on Amazon.com
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Create Your Own Japanese Garden: A Practical Guideinspired me to not only create my own Japanese garden, but I am adding an outdoor shower designed along the lines of a very small tea house. I hope this is not considered disrespectful of the Japanese culture!
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