By Mira Locher
Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's prime backyard dressmaker, is without delay Japan's such a lot hugely acclaimed panorama architect and an 18th-generation Zen Buddhist priest, presiding over day-by-day ceremonies on the Kenkoji Temple in Yokohama. he's celebrated for his specific skill to mix strikingly modern components with the normal layout vernacular. He has labored in ultramodern city resorts and in a few of Japan's most renowned vintage gardens. In every one venture, his paintings as a clothier of panorama structure is inseparable from his Buddhist perform. each one turns into a Zen backyard, "a specified non secular position the place the brain dwells."
This appealing e-book, illustrated with greater than four hundred drawings and colour pictures, is the 1st entire retrospective of Masuno's paintings to be released in English. It offers 37 significant gardens world wide in a large choice of varieties and settings: conventional and modern, city and rural, public areas and personal flats, and together with temple, workplace, lodge and campus venues. Masuno completed repute for his paintings in Japan, yet he's turning into more and more recognized across the world, and in 2011 accomplished his first fee within the usa that is proven here.
Zen Gardens, divided into 3 chapters, covers: "Traditional Zen Gardens," "Contemporary Zen Gardens" and "Zen Gardens outdoors Japan." Illustrated with photos and architectural plans or sketches, every one Zen backyard layout is defined and analyzed by way of writer Mira Locher, herself an architect and a student good versed in jap culture.
Celebrating the accomplishments of an incredible, world-class fashion designer, Zen Gardens additionally serves as anything of a grasp category in jap backyard layout and appreciation: the way to understand a eastern backyard, how you can comprehend one, even easy methods to make one your self. Like certainly one of Masuno's gardens, the booklet could be a position for contemplation and aware repose.