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on 21 May 2017
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on 2 May 1999
I purchased this book in Tokyo after falling in love with Japanese gardens. Things I like about it includewide content of overview of visual examples of gardens, examples of lanterns, water basins, stepping stones and materials and tools for use in building a garden. Also there are plans for pictured gardens. A disadvantage was that a great amount of space was devoted to bamboo fences/building. Another good book is "A Japanese Touch For Your Garden", K. Seike, M Kudo, D. Engel
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on 13 August 2010
Whilst this book has provided several useful snippets of information and I have enjoyed reading it, it is more for those wishing to extend their practical knowledge of the Japanese garden rather than one to buy as your first book. A large proportion is taken up with whole-page line drawings that annotate much smaller photographs earlier in the book and detailed descriptions of construction techniques for those who don't really know where to start. Personally, I'd have liked far more photographs of small gardens, as I bought it to help me make more out of my own, having exhausted all the other books I already own. The line drawings don't need to be so big: and they don't really make it easier to build what you see.

However, the details of the history of many elements in Japanese gardens, the explanations of good practice and the step-by-step guides to most of the construction techniques you will need to know make it worth the money. So do the instructions for the yotsume-gaki knot that I completely failed to follow in drawing form in "A Japanese Touch for Your Garden": presented in colour photographs, with the right side of the twine coloured red, I couldn't fail to get it right!

I'd recommend that you buy this one once you have decided what you want to do and need to know how to do it. Consider "All About Creating Japanese Gardens (Ortho's All about)" or "A Japanese Touch ..." first.
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on 3 March 2015
Found lots of ideas in here. It's amazing what you can do with a few stones and flowers. Love this.
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on 1 July 2015
More how-to drawings than inspirational photographs.
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on 2 March 2016
Just great ideas for my garden
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As the founder of Japan Garden Society and Yoshikawa Isao Garden Research Institute, as well as a honorary member of executive board of the China Landscape Architects Society in both Suzhou and Hangzhou, Mr. Isao Yoshikawa summarizes his many years of garden design experience in "Japanese Gardening in Small Spaces: Step-By-Step Illustrations."

"Japanese Gardening in Small Spaces: Step-By-Step Illustrations" covers small gardens (history and designs and design tips and tools), basin front gardens, stone lantern gardens, paving and stepping stone gardens, stone arrangement gardens, garden accents (bamboo fences, stone lantern and water basins), materials for small gardens (trees and shrubs, ground covers, stones and gravels), basic techniques for Japanese gardening, and a chapter on how to make small gardens.

"Japanese Gardening in Small Spaces: Step-By-Step Illustrations" has 128 pages and many beautiful interior color photos. It is a valuable and practical book on Japanese gardens.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Planting Design Illustrated," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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