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By Stephen Mansfield

Jap Stone Gardens offers a complete advent to the strong mystique and dynamism of the japanese stone garden—from their earliest use as props in animistic rituals, to their appropriation by means of Zen clergymen and clergymen to create settings conducive to contemplation and at last to their modern makes use of and which means. With insightful textual content and plentiful imagery, this e-book finds the hidden order of stone gardens and within the strategy heightens the enthusiast's appreciation of them.

The eastern stone backyard is an paintings shape famous around the world. those gardens offer tranquil settings the place viewers can shed the burdens and stresses of contemporary lifestyles, fulfill an age-old craving for solitude and repose, and adventure the restorative strength of artwork and nature. consequently the worth of the japanese stone backyard this day is arguably even more than while a lot of them have been created.

Fifteen gardens are featured during this publication, a few renowned, akin to the well-known temple gardens of Kyoto, others much less so, between them gardens unfold in the course of the south of Honshu Island and the southern islands of Shikoku and Kyushu and in far flung Okinawa.

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Buddhist Triad Rocks – sanzonseki – clusters of rock representing Mount Sumeru, the mythic center of the Buddhist universe, and arrangements of seven stones representing JAPANESE GARDEN AESTHETICS 45 46 the compassion of the Buddha, are examples of consciously applied concepts. Mount Horai and its rock cluster, the Taoist equivalent of Mount Sumeru, is another common garden arrangement. Although these rock clusters often stand in as a symbol of eternity among the more self-evidently organic elements of a garden, even rocks can be worn down or pulverized.

More subtle still are the intersections of horizontal, vertical and diagonal forms representing heaven, earth and man, achieved by the use of rock forms to create a triangularity that is found in other Japanese arts such as bonsai and flower arrangement. Embodiments of odd numbers (kichijyosu) are auspicious, especially three, which represents heaven, earth and humanity. Because they are not evenly divisible, odd numbers are thought to defy the notion of completion, aligning the garden closer to a natural wilderness.

Buddhist Triad Rocks – sanzonseki – clusters of rock representing Mount Sumeru, the mythic center of the Buddhist universe, and arrangements of seven stones representing JAPANESE GARDEN AESTHETICS 45 46 the compassion of the Buddha, are examples of consciously applied concepts. Mount Horai and its rock cluster, the Taoist equivalent of Mount Sumeru, is another common garden arrangement. Although these rock clusters often stand in as a symbol of eternity among the more self-evidently organic elements of a garden, even rocks can be worn down or pulverized.

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