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5.0 out of 5 stars Focus on Japanese aesthetics as well as gardening, 28 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Japanese Garden Design (Hardcover)
The book concisely uses gardens and aesthetic terms as vehicles to better understand both. Keane's insight into changes of aesthetic focus in different historical periods is clearly constructed. It enhances the reader's insight into further studies of Japanese aesthetics, gardening or history. Readers of Makoto Ueda, Sen'ichi Hisamatsu et al. on Japanese aesthetics will be particularly rewarded with a simple structure for considering complex terms that they expose in more detail. As a garden book, it rates a "9"... as an introduction to Japanese aesthetics, it is clearly a "10"... as a unique perspective on Japanese history, it stands alone. While others have said most of what Keene notes, none have integrated it so well. The beauty of the garden book, aside from its text, is exceptional. One could only wish that the pictures were in a larger format.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An authentic overview, 7 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Japanese Garden Design (Hardcover)
Westerners find it literally impossible to cross the great divide and delve into the mind of the East. When done, it involves first hand encounters with the culture and people, and a long learning process. Keane's extensive experiences have lead to a fruitful career; the book a testament to his storytelling skills - his gardens a living proof of his sensitivity.
Keane is able to lead the innocent reader gently, and like the culture he emulates, the chapters flow from one moss covered stone to the next. His expertise is one which belongs to a difficult realm: what are Westerners to do with Eastern knowledge while making Western gardens. This is an illusive agenda, and a one which deserves further research and analysis. Keane's ethos, undoubtedly, is an important milestone, if only by means of inspiration.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the best Garden-books I have read., 11 Aug 1998
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Landscape garden have two types, natural and geometric, the natural landscape design are in Chinese and Japanese were presented in Asia, So, This book is the best researched of this-typed books I have read. ViVe!!
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