Designed for the layman as well as the professional, this concise yet comprehensive guide provides both practical information and theoretical insights into the design of the Japanese garden. Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, possesses a richness of garden art without equal as a living chronicle of Japanese cultural history and environmental design.
Following the introductory essays are individual entries for more than 50 temple and palace gardens. The text is augmented by an excellent selection of photographs, historical prints, maps, and colour plates.
- A guide to Kyoto for those visiting Japan for the 2020 olympics.
- An extensive guide to the many gardens in Kyoto, the once capital of Japan.
190 colour images
About the Author
Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, a practicing graphic designer, and a noted historian and critic of landscape and architecture. He has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia.
"In the nearly 40 years since the original publication of this guide, the reputation of Kyoto as a destination for landscape design has only grown, yet this book remains the standard introduction. Long out of print, this book, by a landscape historian and a landscape architect, now has updated text, which is composed of essays garden entries, and maps, and its illustrations are in full color for the first time. Small enough to be carried easily on foot, A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto punches above its weight as a text for professional and general readers." --Landscape Architecture Magazine