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A good addition for your library
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.