Japanese Gardens Resources

Resources related to design and appreciation of Japanese gardens, and Japanese gardening techniques

  1. wcutler
    Welcome to the Resources area for Japanese Gardens. Feel free to check out the links, and add your comments or submit your own link suggestions by clicking the button on the right and discussing them on the Japanese Gardens forum.

    Online Resources

    Bowdoin College: Japanese Gardens
    Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) site is dedicated to the gardens of Japan, and primarily to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs, including Nara. Adobe flash player needed to view the full content for each garden. The online photo library of Japanese garden elements is useful for beginners to learn in an easy to navigate format. The content and great photos will be of value to beginners and enthusiast alike.

    Link location Japanese Gardens - Overview
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 26 Jun 2017; last confirmed 26 Jun 2017

    JAANUS : Terminology of Japanese Architecture & Art History

    On-line Dictionary of Japanese Architectural and Art Historical Terminology, compiled by Dr. Mary Neighbour Parent. This dictionary contains approximately 8000 terms related to traditional Japanese architecture and gardens, painting, sculpture and art-historical iconography from approximately the 1st century A.D. to the end of the Edo period (1868).

    Link location :<<>>: JAANUS :<<>>: Terminology of Japanese Architecture & Art History
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 26 Jun 2017; last confirmed 26 Jun 2017

    Japanese Garden Enthusiast

    Photo library of Japanese gardens and garden elements, organized by garden type: dry landscape (or) stroll and moss gardens with water elements (or everything else that is not a dry landscape). In Japanese; Google will translate. There is a full description of the site in this thread: Japanese Garden Enthusiast home page - Great online resource!.

    Link location 日本庭園の楽しみ
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 20 Mar 2014; last confirmed 25 Jun 2017

    Japanese Gardens Outside Japan
    Scholarly and general information on Japanese gardens outside Japan. The site covers Japanese gardens on six continents. The information was compiled by Tokyo University of Agriculture's Professor Makoto Suzuki who is the world's leading expert on the subject.

    Link location 海外の日本庭園
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 24 Dec 2013; last confirmed 25 Jun 2017

    Japanese Lantern Making
    Forum user rufretic has posted instructions for making a large Japanese lantern from Hypertufa.

    Link location Japanese lantern made of Hypertufa
    Submitted by rufretic
    Submitted date 20 Mar 2014; last confirmed 25 Jun 2017

    Kamakura Gardens
    A personal tribute to the author's home for ten years, this site is a photo catalog of flowering trees and shrubs in Kamakura, Japan, with the common and Japanese names. Rather than offering depth of botanical information, this is perfect for someone who wants to get ideas for adding Japanese flowers to their own garden or for someone who can appreciate and enjoy the beauty.

    Link location Japanese Flowers
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 26 Jun 2017; last confirmed 26 Jun 2017

    My Japanese Garden - Chris Gare
    Photos, links, recommended books, and text documenting how to create the elements. The author documented the formation of his garden in a straight-forward way and provides all the resources used during each step in a way that is easy to use and understand. The left navigation bar on his site is loaded with information for the DIY'er. Read a fuller description on the discussion page for this resource.

    Link location My Japanese Garden - home page
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 29 June 2017; last confirmaed 29 Jun 2017

    My Japanese Teahouse - Chris Gare
    By the same person whose My Japanese Garden website is listed here. This site has photos, links, recommended books, and text documenting how to create the elements. The author documented the formation of his teahouse in a straight-forward way and provides all the resources used during each step in a way that is easy to use and understand. The left navigation bar on his site is loaded with information for the DIY'er.

    Link location My Japanese Teahouse - home page
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 29 June 2017; last confirmaed 29 Jun 2017

    Books

    Flowers and Gardens of Japan
    A book of colour-plate paintings by Ella Du Cane and text by Florence Du Cane, first published in 1908 by Adam & Charles Black, London. The opening chapter on Landscape Gardening covers the features of a Japanese garden. After chapters on ornaments and different types of gardens, the most important garden plants are discussed as they come into focus through the year. There seem to be later versions of this book available for download. Here is a google books display of several pages from the original book.

    Reference for a current version Paperback: 232 pages, Publisher: Lulu.com (May 26 2013), ISBN-10: 1304068552, ISBN-13: 978-1304068552
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 25 Jun 2017

    Illustrated History of the Japanese Garden
    26 volume set featuring 243 gardens in detail, by Mirei Shigemori, a very well-known Japanese garden designer. This is described in great detail in this thread: Could be the greatest books ever written on Japanese Gardens

    Reference Nihon teien-shi zukan (Illustrated History of the Japanese Garden; Tokyo: Yukosha, 1936-1939, abbreviated as"Zukan")
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2014

    Landscape Gardening in Japan
    Book by Josiah Conder, an English architect who taught in Tokyo and designed the Rokumeikan and the Imperial Museum in Tokyo; published in 1893, this book was highly lauded by Florence Du Cane, author of Flowers and Gardens of Japan, referenced here. It is a two-volume set with many black & white plates. The first and primary volume presents the history of Japanese gardening followed by chapters dealing with various technical aspects of traditional Japanese gardens. There is a full description of the book, with photos of some of the pages at Landscape Gardening in Japan, J. Conder, Collotypes (40) by K. Ogawa.

    Reference 2 volumes, Tokio, printed by Hakubunsha, published and sold by Kelly & Walsh, 1893. A 2002 Edition from Kodansha Amer Inc, ISBN10 4770028520, ISBN13 9784770028525 is available from various online sellers.
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Jun 2017

    Practical Guide to Japanese Gardening
    The full title is A Practical Guide to Japanese Gardening: From Design Options and Materials to Planting Techniques and Decorative Features. That would seem to say it all. Here is one location that carries it: A Practical Guide to Japanese Gardening

    Reference Author: Charles Chesshire, Publisher: Lorenz Books , 2008-04-25, ISBN: 0754817725, EAN: 9780754817727
    Submitted by janetdoyle
    Submitted date 11 Aug 2009

    Sukiya Living Magazine - Journal of Japanese Gardening
    Bi-monthly English-language print publication dedicated to the special world of Japanese gardens and Japanese architecture. Every other month, this 44-page magazine discuses various aspects of Japanese architecture, horticulture, art, and philosophy. Topics range from centuries-old design principles to modern, how-to construction and maintenance techniques.
    In 2008, this journal published a list of Best Books - click to view this as a pdf file.

    Reference link Japanese Garden Journal
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 29 Jun 2017; last confirmed 29 Jun 2017